Saturday, December 09, 2006

Firefox 3:Gecko 1.9 Alpha 1

Gecko 1.9 Alpha 1 introduces several new features which can be tested by using Gran Paradiso Alpha 1:

  • Cairo is now being used as the default graphics library, affecting all graphic and text rendering
  • Cocoa Widgets are now used in OS X builds
  • An updated threading model
  • Changes to how DOM events are dispatched (see bug 234455)
  • Changes to how elements are loaded (see bug 1156)
  • Changes to how web pages are painted
  • New SVG elements and filters, and improved SVG specification compliance

Some of the changes in Gecko 1.9 Alpha 1 will affect the web and platform compatibiltity of Gran Paradiso Alpha 1:

  • Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows ME are no longer supported platforms
  • OS X 10.2 is no longer supported, and OS X 10.3.9 or higher is recommended
  • Moving DOM nodes between documents now requires a call to importNode or adoptNode as per the DOM specification.

Alpha2: Freespire version 2.0

Freespire version 2.0 Alpha2 (1.1.73) is now available for download:

Download_Freespire 2.0 Alpha2

Released on December 07, 2006
Version: Freespire 1.1.73
Size: 689.91 MB
MD5 Checksum: c89cc97d1586beaf5739d24f05e34429
Release Notes

This is the second alpha build that might not be good for the health of a production machine. Expect improvements as future builds are released.

Some of the release notes:
  • Automatic boot menu management does not always work. Do not install if you are not experienced at repairing Grub configurations and MBRs.
  • No upgrade path available from Freespire 1.0
  • Apt repository is pointing to Debian Sid.
  • Sound for quick-Switched User accounts inoperative.
To report a bug please see this page in the wiki: Bug_Lists