Mozilla releases Firefox 8, users can manually download now or wait for auto-update on November 8

Are you using Firefox? Itching to update to the latest version? It is time to satisfy that itch. Staying true to their quick-release cycle pledge, Mozilla has released Firefox 8. And if you are an early bird, you can manually download and update now from Mozilla’s FTP repository (see links below); if you aren’t an early bird, expect Firefox 8 to be pushed on you through Firefox’s auto-update starting November 8.

The major changes in Firefox 8 can be read at Mozilla’s official release notes page. Of course Firefox 8 hasn’t officially been launched yet – it will be launched on November 8, as I mentioned above – so the release notes are for Firefox 8 Beta. However, the release notes for Firefox 8 Beta still summarize the main changes found in Firefox 8. If you are lazy and don’t want to read the release notes, I will spill the important beans.

While there are many changes in Firefox 8 (read the bloody release notes), probably the biggest change is how Firefox 8 interacts with addons. Now any third-party addons not installed by you (e.g. toolbars that come bundled with some software) will be automatically disabled by Firefox; users will have to manually enable them if they want them:

Additionally, to “right the wrongs of the past”, upon upgrading to Firefox 8 users will be prompted with a screen that lists all the addons they have installed. From this list users will have to pick which addons they want to keep:

Any addons not installed by the user (e.g. toolbars installed by programs) will be automatically disabled at this screen and users will have to select to enable them.

Ready to grab Firefox 8? Hit up the link below. You will have to select the appropriate operating system (e.g. win32 for Windows 32-bit) and language (e.g. en-US for American English) before you are giving access to Firefox 8′s EXE file:

Mozilla Official Firefox 8 FTP Repository

[via Ghacks]

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13 comments

  1. Brin

    Just installed FF 8.0.1 (acidentally) from FF 7.0.1 and now I have a horrible black bar at the top which makes the Navigation buttons difficult to see.

    Which fucking genius came up with this look? More importantly, how can I get FF8 to look like my older browser – where I could actually SEE the navigation buttons?

    Why does someone else think they know better that I do what I want my browser to look like??

    I am also very pissed that a ‘new’ version of Firefox seems to appear virtually every month. It wasn’t all that long ago 23 June – barely 5 months ago – that I updated from Firefox 4 to 5 and now we are on version 8. What’s with this arms-race?

    Let’s see what other browsers are available. I don’t want Chrome and certainly don’t want IE 8 (or is it 9) but the way Firefox is going, I don’t want Firefox either!

  2. Nope.

    @Darcy:Installation prevention won’t be done as Firefox isn’t security software. If “Uninstall” button is disabled, it means that your user account doesn’t have write permissions to extension installation folder. Run FF as admin & you should be able to uninstall.

  3. Mari

    This Firefox version race is just terrible. I rolled back to ol’ good 3.6. If I wanted a Chrome-like browser, I’d just go Chrome instead. That’s why Firefox is losing users every day: it’s not the Firefox we learned to love. Today, Firefox sucks. It’s just a Chrome-wannabe now. Die Firefox, die!!

  4. smaragdus

    Since version 4.0 Firefox is a disgrace- the version numbering is insane (for six months they doubled the version number) everything that has been useful has been removed (RSS icon in the URL Bar, the real Status Bar, and the most amazing is that there is no option to restore these), the GUI is terrible, a stupid Chrome imitation, it is unstable and has developed into a real resource hog, the developers of add-ons cannot keep with these ‘new’ versions so with every update most of the add-ons are incompatible, the user needs to dig deep into its intestines to restore the showing of actual URLs. Firefox has lost its identity, has become totally useless, crippled and yet bloated, and its developers are totally deaf to users’ opinions. The development of this once great (in my opinio- the best browser before the release of version 4) has fallen into the hands of a bunch of idiots (Asa Dotzler and the like).

    More about RSS removal here:
    http://camendesign.com/blog/rss_is_dying

    and here:
    http://forum.camendesign.com/rss_article

  5. Giovanni

    The main drawback firefox users like me do actually experience, whenever they want to update their FIREFOX version to the last one, is that most of their addons and toolbars (for instance GOOGLE TOOLBAR) are not compatible with the last Firefox version they would like to upgrade to, forcing them most of the time to stick with their current old version of Firefox.

    To solve this damn issue, you can apply one of these 2 sneacky tricks most Firefox users out there are completely unaware of:

    http://www.techairlines.com/2010/08/12/force-install-incompatible-extensions-into-firefox-4-beta/

    And guess what?? Both work like a charm…LOL!!

    See also:
    http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-update-firefox-thunderbird-addons-new-release.htm

    Were you aware of that, Ashraf??

    Maybe a detailed article about this tricky issue would be very much appreciated by your readers….what do you make of it, man?

    Cheers from Italy where it’s pouring down now!!

  6. Darcy

    @chuck (detailer): It’s about bloody time they did something anyway but I agree. What I really would like is the ability to block them from being installed in the first place. Being able to remove them easier would be my second choice. Automatically disabled comes in a distant last place but it’s a start.

  7. Zapped Sparky

    Without having to resort to faffing with the about:config and using beta versions, currently for the first time since FF3 all my add-ons work. Woo! And I agree with chuck (detailer), add-ons and plugins need to be a bit easier to remove, and even removing the program responsible for putting it there doesn’t always lead to the add-on/plugin being removed. That said however, I have noticed the more recently updated add-ons have a “remove” button, the plugins still don’t.

  8. chuck (detailer)

    But even then the plug-in can remain (in a disabled state),forcing you to troll files needlessly-It should be like the extensions,with the option to disable or uninstall them-can it really be that hard? I give the nod to Chrome in this area