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Downloads: Firefox 7.0 | All builds

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Homepage: Mozilla Firefox

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Well, if you haven't already updated then DON'T, because the update has been pulled, due to a problem with disappearing add-ons.

Full details are in the BugZilla (at #680802), but briefly, you'll probably notice (or maybe you didn't) that NoScript and/or Adblock Plus disappeared when you updated (plus anything else that was in "staging" at the time).

Meanwhile, Mozilla are working on releasing Firefox 7.0.1.

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It's been reported on the Mozilla Add-ons blog, as follows:

We’ve identified an issue in which some users may have one or more of their add-ons hidden after upgrading to the latest Firefox version, affecting both desktop and mobile. These add-ons and their data are still intact and haven’t actually been removed. We paused new updates to Firefox to minimize the potential impact on users and will soon release an update to fix this issue and ensure all your add-ons are visible and usable. In the meantime, if you notice an add-on missing entirely from the Add-ons Manager, you can use a simple workaround to recover them.

The simple workaround, for those already affected, is to install a special Add-on that recovers the others. See Add-ons hidden after updating to Firefox 7 and download and install and run the Add-on Recovery Tool as explained in the article.

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7.0.1 is out.

Here's the changes for 7.0:

  • Drastically improved memory handling for certain use cases
  • Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
  • Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
  • The 'http://' URL prefix is now hidden by default
  • Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
  • Added support for the Web Timing specification
  • Enhanced support for MathML
  • The WebSocket protocol has been updated from version 7 to version 8
  • Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox
  • Fixed several stability issues
  • Fixed several security issues

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