Coming Firefox 3 Alpha 7 on Mac OS X Improvements

A lot of exciting things have happened with Gecko 1.9 on Mac OS X lately. Here is a list of major changes that will make it into the next alpha release…

  • Context menus are far less buggy. We have checked in fixes for almost every serious context menu bug.
  • Many fixes to the clipboard and drag services. We now support promised file dragging. Clipboard and drag operations in Places work much better.
  • Support for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) has been removed. Gecko 1.9 will no longer build or run on Mac OS X 10.3.
  • PPC builds are created with gcc 4.0 instead of gcc 3.3.
  • We have better support for DWARF 2 debugging.
  • Several other stability, security, and general bug fixes.

13 thoughts on “Coming Firefox 3 Alpha 7 on Mac OS X Improvements

  1. It is great to receive updates like this for those of us that are Mac Firefox fans. You used to write with more frequency, especially when you were doing the Camino work. I hope this is a sign of your return to frequently updating your Blog on what has been accomplished and what is ahead. Your work and leadership on the Mac side of Firefox and Camino is greatly appreciated.

  2. Jeremy, both Firefox and Camino trunk nightly builds can no longer be run on 10.3.

    Date/Time: 2007-07-19 02:13:14 -0500

    OS Version: 10.3.9 (Build 7W98)
    Report Version: 2

    Command: firefox-bin
    Path: /Applications/
    Version: ??? (???)
    PID: 510
    Thread: Unknown

    Link (dyld) error:

    dyld: /Applications/ Undefined symbols:
    /Applications/ undefined reference to _GetAliasSizeFromPtr expected to be defined in Carbon

    Date/Time: 2007-07-19 02:14:53 -0500
    OS Version: 10.3.9 (Build 7W98)
    Report Version: 2

    Command: Camino
    Path: /Applications/
    Version: ??? (???)
    PID: 517
    Thread: Unknown

    Link (dyld) error:

    dyld: /Applications/ Undefined symbols:
    /Applications/ undefined reference to _kABURLsProperty expected to be defined in AddressBook

  3. Hi! Do the improvements to clipboard/drag services mean that Firefox will finally provide normal newline-terminated text instead of old-skool mac text terminated with \r? Mimicking obsolete misfeatures is one dead giveaway of non-native apps in OS X, Firefox included.

  4. Using Alpha 7. Seems nice. It doesn’t use application level Cocoa Fonts because font types and sizes can be changed with Tinkertool in Cocoa applications and my font type an size is NOT used in alpha 7 eg in titlebar , tabs, preferences, url field, toolbars etc.Text entry fields are not exactly Cocoa like standard OS X fields. When you click inside a text entry field in any OS X system, finder etc a blue highlight borders the field to signify focus. Also drop down menu’s are nothing like Cocoa drop down menus.

    Scrollbars are very buggy as well. I have “Click Scrollbar to:Jump to here” set in System Preferences it kind of works in alpha 7 but its very jerky an jumps all over the places.

    Customize toolbar drop down sheet is very mozilla/windows/ported softwareish nothing like the Cocoa drop down sheet.

    Alpha seems to operate ok but its still a long way off being or acting like a Cocoa app.

  5. yeah i agree with what drayon said. the text-boxes don’t have a blue shine on them when they’re focused.

    and drop-down menus look nothing like cocoa dropdown menus.

    it still needs some work to look and feel like a genuine cocoa app. great work otherwise mate.

  6. I’m so impressed with how FireFox has managed to find itself the principle browser on most platforms and with most people. There actually isn’t a person I know who uses any other browser. It certainly has, somehow, become the predominant browser amongst those who know things about technology. Now, it just needs to bridge the gap towards being the browser even amongst those who don’t know about technology, and it’ll do very, very well for itself.

  7. Currently you can not copy/paste from Firefox to any Mac app and retain all the formatting and links. I believe this has something to do with the built in Mac clipboard using coco rather than XUL format.

    This is the ONLY reason I will not use Firefox as my main browser. I copy/paste dozens of times a day and can not be without this feature.

    Has this, or will this, be corrected in Alpha 7?

  8. To Firefox User:

    You are right. Most Firefox features are not compatible with Mac. That is one reason why I had to do away my Mac and just switch to Windows. However, I hope this will catch the attention of the tech team working for Firefox. I am really hoping that soon enough they may be able to solve the Mac-compatibility problem.

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