In less than 60 seconds, I was able to:
- Check for an updated version of Firefox (I had beta 2)
- Download it
- Install it
- Restart Firefox
- Check for updates to broken extensions
- Install an updated extension
- Get back to browsing again in Firefox 1.5 RC1
The new software update system is awesome – the download size of updates between minor releases of Firefox is a fraction of the full download, taking a mere 3 seconds on my 2MB connection. Normally it takes up to a minute to download the package and another couple to install.
Update: Alas, it would appear that some are not having quite so much luck and Bug 314684 is tracking the issue. There appears to be rogue folder that is making the process slip up. Still, I was able to update Firefox on both Windows and Mac OS X with no problems.
Update II: Just encountered this problem in Thunderbird on the Mac, which is also now up to 1.5 RC1. If you had installed either a Firefox or Thunderbird 1.5 beta over a 1.0.x version, then the update will fail. The bug has now been fixed for RC2, but you can work around it by removing the application folder and then installing the full RC1 version. You won’t lose your settings and messages.
incidentally, most extensions are 1.5-compatible – the only one I’ve had problems with is undoclosetab which worked in the betas but not this release candidate. Some older, less-up-to-date extensions may not work but the big ones should.
Oh yeah, and I made a couple of changes to the site. The first is pretty much invisible on the front end – the PHP-TypeKey stuff is now being handled by a plugin, which I’ll be releasing once I’m fully happy with it. The second is a rich text area for entering comments. Hopefully you’ll find it reasonably intuitive to use – it should work in IE, Mozilla, Firefox and Safari, with any other browser users getting the normal text box. if you want to deploy it yourself, and it should work with any blogging tool, not just Movable Type.