Mozilla is planning to ship Firefox 220.127.116.11, a security and stability update to Firefox 18.104.22.168, within the next day. Since Firefox 22.214.171.124 is going to be the latest official release of Firefox when Mac OS X 10.5 is release on October 26th, I wanted to say a few words about support for running it on the new OS.
Firefox 126.96.36.199 is quite usable on Mac OS X 10.5, but there are some serious bugs that we are aware of. Here is a quick list of some of the more serious and bothersome ones:
- Installing the Flashgot plugin will trigger security warnings when you restart. This appears to be because Flashgot contains executable binaries that trigger new security warnings in Mac OS X 10.5. Installing Flashgot is safe, but you will have to click through those warnings. Do not click “Cancel” or your browser may enter a bad state.
- Embedded WMV media using the Flip4Mac plugin renders at 1/4 size.
- The Advanced Preferences tabs render incorrectly.
- Firefox 188.8.131.52 does not download to the new Downloads directory by default yet. It still defaults to the desktop. You can change your download destination manually.
We have reports of other problems that we have yet to confirm, including crashes resulting from certain uncommon UI interactions. We are currently planning to resolve all of these issues in Firefox 184.108.40.206.
There are two new features in Mac OS X 10.5 for which we are not planning to add support. We will not be supporting resolution-independent UI and we will not have the new rounded-corner context menus. The technologies at the core of Firefox 2 for Mac OS X (e.g. Quickdraw) simply do not allow for us to add support for those features in a safe way at this time. The good news is that very few users will need resolution-independent UI support or notice the lack of it, and the context menu issue is purely aesthetic. You can look forward to support for both features in Firefox 3.
Please enjoy Firefox 220.127.116.11 on Mac OS X keeping these things in mind! I will be posting updates on our Firefox 18.104.22.168 progress here.