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Firefox 3.1 May be Delayed?

all-firefox-logo-3-1-beta Firefox 3.1 may be delayed, due to some issues with TraceMonkey  – the new JavaScript backend for Firefox.  Of course, that is as reported by a recent PC World article.  What is all the hub-bub about?  Well, the story’s main source shared his concerns via a Firefox forum:

Firefox developer David Baron wondered how long Firefox 3.1 should be held up by TraceMonkey problems. "Without TraceMonkey, we probably could have shipped 3.1 final by now, or, if not now, within the next month," Baron said. "I think there should be a limit to the amount we’re willing to slip 3.1 to accommodate TraceMonkey, and I think we should decide what that limit is."

Personally, I think, if they need more time – heck, give them more time.  I would rather Firefox 3.1 be a little late and have all it’s ducks in a row rather than go into the, “Oh crap, we have to hurry up and get something out” mode.  Thankfully, Mike Shaver, Mozilla’s vice president of engineering said in the same article that, We’re always looking at all of our choices, but I don’t think it’s likely.  TraceMonkey is a big part of Firefox 3.1, and a big part of what we want to have for users."

So should Firefox stay on track, and just work through the delays as they happen, or rush out an in-between release to keep some people happy?

3 Second Wait for Extensions

Many of us have probably wondered why there is a three second wait time you have to go through before installing extensions. The folks at the Download Squad have an answer.

Most users (self included) assume that it’s just to make users read the dialog. It turns out that’s not the case–Jesse Ruderman explains that it’s actually a security feature to keep people from unwittingly installing malicious code. He describes an ingenious exploit in which a user is presented, for example, a security (CAPTCHA) image to type in. JavaScript is used to initiate an extension installation when the user starts typing, and when the user types ‘y’ or enter, it triggers the ‘Accept’ or ‘Install’ button, allowing the malicious software to be installed.

So now, you can either read more about why it is there, or you can read here to find out how to turn it off.

Firefox 2.0 Delay

Over at TechWeb I found out about some updated news on Firefox 2.0′s release date:

Mozilla Corp. on Monday pushed back the release date of Firefox 2.0 yet again, with a scheduled ship for mid-to-late October. According to the minutes of Mozilla’s weekly progress meetings, there are approximately 40 bugs in the under-construction Firefox 2.0 Beta 2, and about 100 that need to be addressed before the final goes out the door.

Now this is not Microsoft. It isn’t like the Mozilla folks are delaying it by a few years. It just looks like it is getting pushed back a few weeks. If they can make my experience better in those few weeks, then I don’t mind the wait. In fact, my Birthday is on the 17th of October, so if they could get it released on that date, it would be one heck of a birthday present.

+ Read More About Firefox 2.0′s Late October Delay!

Installing Extensions Delay in Firefox

Now I would not say it is the biggest pain I go through, it is a little annoying though that I have to wait through the “countdown” before I can install an extension in Firefox. You know, that whole 4 seconds or so you have to wait before the “Install Now” shows up. Well, here is a fix for all the folks who don’t like to waste the time waiting.

MR Tech Disable XPI Install Delay extension will eliminate that waiting period and allow you to click “Install Now” immediately. Just install the extension and save yourself some time. How much time will you save by getting rid of the 5-second delay? Let’s put it into perspective.

[Learn More About Getting Rid of the Delay!]