[Bug 609593] Re: Lots of problems with new Firefox

Micah Gersten launchpad at micahscomputing.com
Sun Jul 25 05:55:29 UTC 2010

Thank you for reporting this to Ubuntu.  We needed to upgrade since Firefox 3.0 had reached end of life and it was not feasible to Backport security patches.  There was some regression testing.  In fact, we requested help from the community to test, but with the number of updates, we could not have anticipated every contingency.
Let's address your issues:
1.  There were some reports of crashes in Firefox 3.6.7 which prompted Mozilla to quickly release Firefox 3.6.8.  This should be released to Ubuntu on Monday.  If you'd like to get it sooner, you can try it from the Ubuntu Mozilla Security PPA: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-mozilla-security/+archive/ppa .  If this doesn't stop your crashes, please file another bug report and we'll try to figure out what is crashing.
2.  I'm sorry that the tabs show up even if there is one.  This was already introduced in Firefox 3.5.  I believe that there is a request already for this and I will use this bug as your request for this feature.  I'm not sure as this qualifies as a regression, but rather an unexpected feature change.
3.  Please file a separate bug report for each page that's broken unless they are showing the same symptoms in which case, just list them all as examples in a single bug.
In general, it's best to file one bug per issue.

** Changed in: firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Incomplete

** Description changed:

  Binary package hint: firefox-3.0
  Actually several of those existing bug reports are probably the same,
  but at this point I don't care enough about Firefox to worry about it.
- I'm only writing this because the new bugs are just SO fucked up and
+ I'm only writing this because the new bugs are just SO upsetting and
  they AGAIN clearly show the need for some competent regression testing
  over there. My real attitude is that I'm just waiting for a better
  alternative--but maybe I'll be forced back to Microsoft's garbage.
  #1 problem: Now Firefox crashes and closes all of its windows at random
  intervals. The restore when restarted usually works pretty well.
  #2 problem: Tabs visible even when there is only one tab. Annoying waste
  of screen space--but it used to be an actual advantage for the
  Ubuntu/Linux version of Firefox over Windows.
  #3 problem: Probably the broken webpages, but there are so many problems
  now that I can't really say.
  Suggested REAL solution. A better economic model that insures adequate
  regression testing. Whatever you have now, it is NOT working well. I
  don't really care what you do anymore, but here is one suggestion:
  At this point Ubuntu is so bad that I am only using it on inertia (and
  on the two main machines I'm basically forced to use the old less flaky
  versions, though I am running the newest version on three other machines
  for experimental purposes--that continually fail). I hope some viable
  alternative will appear, but I have no more enthusiasm for Ubuntu. I
  knew quite a number of Ubuntu enthusiasts, but as far as I know, the
  best case is that some of them are still trying to defend it.
  ProblemType: Bug
  Architecture: i386
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
  Package: firefox 3.6.7+build2+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.04.1
-  LANG=en_US.UTF-8
-  SHELL=/bin/bash
+  LANG=en_US.UTF-8
+  SHELL=/bin/bash
  SourcePackage: firefox-3.0
  Uname: Linux 2.6.28-19-generic i686

** Changed in: firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu)
   Importance: Undecided => Wishlist

** Changed in: firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu)
       Status: Incomplete => Triaged

** Summary changed:

- Lots of problems with new Firefox
+ Please don't show a tab when there's only one in Firefox

** Tags added: jaunty

Please don't show a tab when there's only one in Firefox
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