I think there used to be a tagline about (tag)soup here… anyway…
This release comes with a revamped preference panel, tabbed browsing enhancements, loads of bugfixes, faster back- and forward, … in short it just got better. How much, you’ll have to find out yourself.
BUT If you plan to upgrade, please make sure none of your critical extensions break. If they do, persuade the original extension creator to fix his/her extension ASAP. Or take a look at the Mozilla Quality post: “Some help testing Extensions for Firefox 1.5“.
Personally, the only extension that hasn’t been updated for me, are the Furl Tools.
On a sidenote: I expect the Portable Firefox version to be released very soon.
Update: This final release seems to have the same timestamp of FF RC3. Which some of us have been running since November 11th. I must admit, I have not run into issues since. Some extensions reserved.
And it seems mozilla.com is favoured over mozilla.org. I see former links pointing to .org redirected to the .com.
Portable Firefox 1.5 Final will be coming out later today. Until then, you can keep using Portable Firefox 1.5 RC3 since, as you noticed… Firefox 1.5 Final and Firefox 1.5 RC3 are the same. A few final changes are being made to Portable Firefox before the 1.5 Final release. Stay tuned
I’d just like to mention that I have created a modified version of furltools that works with Firefox 1.5+ perfectly..
It’s available here: http://www.influenced.net/articles/2005/11/29/furl-toolbar-furltools-firefox-1.5/
It’s a nice stop-gap solution until they release an official version
@John: Well that’s even sooner than anticipated.
@Mark: The *hacked* Furl Tools seem to be working. Thanks. I’ve mailed them a while ago and they said they were working on it.
Nice release but still buggy. Putting my laptop in standby mode while FF is running is a definate no-no: CPU shoots to 99% usage when I switch it back on.
Although Firefox looks like the culprit, it may well be the OS’s fault, or hardware or rogue extension, or … (who knows)
Personally I never use standby on a Wintel laptop as it’s never worked for me. Windows never comes back up or I have trouble like you described.
On the contrary. My iBook constantly falls asleep and comes back up with Firefox running. And I never experienced a lock-up like you.
But let’s assume it is Firefox’s fault. A quick look at Bugzilla with: ‘firefox standby‘ shows other people having the same trouble. Did you contribute to these bugreports already? It might help getting this fixed for you. (The more people report, the greater the urgency. )
I guess I like it; but one of the things I liked best with the previous software was using Furl and the icons. The icons have disappeared, I can’t seem to get them back, and my Extensions function shows that Furl is incompatible with FF1.5.
Am I just being dumb here, or is there a work-around, or will I just have to wait?
Hadn’t reported yet but will do so.
The one extension I really miss is Checky (the validator).
@Jack Thomas: Take a look at comment #2. That’ll do it.