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A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
PostgreSQL 9.3 beta: Federated databases and more
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(Nearly) full tickless operation in 3.10
Firefox 17 released
Posted Nov 20, 2012 22:30 UTC (Tue) by puffin (subscriber, #86572)
Posted Nov 20, 2012 22:41 UTC (Tue) by Kit (guest, #55925)
Posted Nov 21, 2012 0:23 UTC (Wed) by gdt (subscriber, #6284)
Users of Firefox Mobile on Android 4.2 hae been hanging out for this release as the previous version continually crashed. So not a "pointless update" for Nexus 7 users.
Posted Nov 21, 2012 0:55 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
people want new features
people want changes that decrease memory useage (arguably bugfixes, but only arguably)
If you don't want any of this stuff, you don't need to upgrade and can just ignore these releases
Posted Nov 21, 2012 1:54 UTC (Wed) by ewen (subscriber, #4772)
You're right that people want bugfixes, decreased memory usage, etc. But they may or may not want the assortment of other changes that come bundled with them, plus potentially being forced to debug "$FOO changed, so now $BAR doesn't work with it any longer" type interactions on a regular basis. (The ESR style model, plus a rolling release, is arguably the solution to these two use cases. But at least for Mozilla the ESR version seems to be a "please don't run this version" release.)
Posted Nov 21, 2012 7:44 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
likely keys include
app.update.mode (would need to look at the code to find what values other than '1' do)
app.update.url (if it's looking the wrong place for an upgrade, it won't find anything to upgrade to. you could even point this at a system you manage so that you get the benefits of auto-updating at the client, but on your schedule)
I would expect that a google search, or a search of the mozilla forums/lists would give you more concrete answers.
Personally, I run the Aurora version everywhere. It tries to update daily and I just ignore the suggestion until I feel like doing so.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 5:20 UTC (Thu) by cpeterso (guest, #305)
Posted Nov 21, 2012 2:37 UTC (Wed) by louie (subscriber, #3285)
Posted Nov 21, 2012 7:53 UTC (Wed) by bernie (guest, #87956)
Posted Nov 21, 2012 15:02 UTC (Wed) by Lou57 (guest, #12083)
So the frequency isn't really any different, but I have some level of confidence that I am not going to have to go through the re-education process for all my users by staying on ESR. It looks like what it is for a longer period. The constant updates are essentially identical.
Posted Nov 21, 2012 10:10 UTC (Wed) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
Why do you get annoyed by this?
Posted Nov 22, 2012 5:19 UTC (Thu) by cpeterso (guest, #305)
Windows users automatically get silent updates from Firefox's updater background service.
Posted Nov 21, 2012 17:34 UTC (Wed) by tjc (subscriber, #137)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 17:31 UTC (Thu) by tjc (subscriber, #137)
Posted Nov 25, 2012 22:45 UTC (Sun) by tjc (subscriber, #137)
It breaks Tab Mix Plus
Posted Nov 21, 2012 18:09 UTC (Wed) by xose (guest, #535)
Posted Nov 21, 2012 23:07 UTC (Wed) by jabby (guest, #2648)
"For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual"
Unacceptable!! Rawr!! :oP
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