April 16, 2005

Firefox 1.0.3 is out

I downloaded it and started using it last night. So far, so good.

The changes from the previous release are primarily for security reasons, but it does seem to fix one major annoyance: in Windows' Add or Remove Programs utility, only the current version of Firefox is now listed, whereas previously each cumulative upgrade remained. But since they pointed to the same code, uninstalling an alleged Firefox 1.0.1 actually blew away the whole thing. (By contrast, I still ostensibly have versions 0.7, 0.7.3, 0.8, 0.9, 1.0, and 1.0.2 of Thunderbird installed, though really it's only the last.)

Now, if only they'd tackle a real issue: memory leakage. Leave Firefox running long enough and it will devour all your free RAM like the Blob on a rampage. Sometimes, my nice 2-gig Athlon runs like a 386 on a congested network.