Updating to Mozilla Firefox 3.5 browser today

Posted By on June 30, 2009

firefox 3.5The new Mozilla Firefox 3.5 was released from beta today and should offer a significant speed increase with JavaScript performance (twice as fast ast Firefox 3) . There are a few icon improvements which will probably be just eye-candy to most, but the jump ahead in video and audio content for embedded HTML5 content will be appreciated by web designers.

Mozilla has been a growing force in open source software development and its Internet web browser has become second only to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in recent years. Besides offering speed, some suggest that using Firefox is a smart security precaution since fewer exploits have been detected.

Firefox 3.5 is a free download and available in more than 70 different languages. The program runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, any Mac with an Intel-based or G3, G4, or G5 processor, and at least 128MB of RAM.


  • jimbreen

    Great! My FF browser was getting slow. 😉

  • I may be the only one reading this who uses the Sage add-on for Firefox as my RSS feed watcher, but once again the developers seem a little slow out of the box to have their Sage 1.4.2 ready for FF3.5. So until the next version is available, here’s a hack from mrjturner that seemed to work for me:

    June 30, 2009
    I have used Sage for years now, and was bummed when I saw that it wasn’t inherently ready to work with version 3.5. No worries…just download the .xpi file, add a .zip extension to the end of the file, open the file w/ 7zip, modify the install.rdf file to allow the max version to be 3.* and you’re all set. This is not necessarily supported by the makers of Sage, so use at your own risk…but so far so good on my pc)

  • Bob

    On your advice I upgraded my FF to 3.5. I also wanted to try your Sage RSS add-on but couldn’t figure out how to put the .xpi file in once I made the correction to the .rdf file you mentioned. I’m stumbling around and can’t figure it out. I might not be the only one and thought I would include it here.

  • That’s the easy part Bob … just find the .xpi that you’ve modified and drop it in the open add-ons window (FF>>Tools>>Addons) and click install. It should work.

    BTW … also updated Sage on my Mac and all seems to be running fine.

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.