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Night of the Firebird

For the past couple of months I’ve been using the 0.6 (final) build of Mozilla Firebird. However, today I’ve switched back to using a nightly, in this case one that was released on Saturday (20020712). Apparently it fixes the AutoComplete bug (where the browser would occasionally crash when you select an item from the autocomplete list), along with several others, including the ‘Use this theme’ option when installing new themes which now works as intended.
It also allows you to add ‘Cut’, ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste’ buttons to the toolbar, although as far as I know only the default theme has icons for them; in all other cases the buttons are blank, show only as text or look messed up. I imagine this will be fixed in time though.
There’s still the sloppy text which shows under the ‘Download Manager’ section of the Privacy tab of the Options dialog, and Sidebars still haven’t been implemented yet. My smooth scrolling also seems to have disappeared. But we at least have progress.
Added: It appears I’ve also lost any extensions I installed, including the Stylesheet switcher and Tabbrowser Extensions, which as Phil Ringnalda says, are mandatory. Drat and double drat. Now I’ll have to reinstall them.
More Added: Actually, the loss of extensions may have been my own fault as I nuked the Chrome.rdf file after installing a faulty theme.


  1. How do you find out what build number you are running?
    I’m also on a nightly build from a couple of weeks ago see my post for more details on it – also the “tip” on downloading the extensions you use so you can keep them for the next build you install.

  2. The build number is shown when you go to Help > About . It’s in the version string. For example, mine is Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:1.5a) Gecko/20030712 Mozilla Firebird/0.6 which says that I’m using the 20030712 build of Firebird 0.6 which is based on Mozilla 1.5 alpha.

  3. doh! didn’t see that and I looked twice too!
    My office laptop is ten days older than your build – home pc is now using todays build – see blog for more info….