Portable Firefox is now Mozilla Firefox - Portable Edition (Firefox Portable among friends), and version 188.8.131.52 has been released. It's the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser packaged with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your bookmarks, extensions and saved passwords with you. This new release adds in a ton of new features, including: the ability to run from a CD, complete Firefox partial update support, in-place upgrades, lots of handy bug fixes, support for running within Wine on *nix and more. And this release is also paired with releases of Firefox Portable 1.0.8 and Firefox Portable 2.0 Beta 1 using the same updated launcher, for all the web developers and testers out there. Read on for all the details...
Portable Firefox becomes Mozilla Firefox - Portable Edition
The first thing you'll notice is that the name has been changed from Portable Firefox to Mozilla Firefox - Portable Edition (or, Firefox Portable, for short). Why the name change? In working closely with Mozilla, we determined that a name that fully respected Mozilla's trademarks and branding was much more in order. The new name is meant to indicate that it is an official copy of Mozilla Firefox within and that it includes add-ons by PortableApps.com that allow it to work its best portably. It also reflects the start of a naming change here at PortableApps.com as all our apps are switched to this new naming convention. Over the next week, all 12 apps will be changing to this new naming as well as getting some of the handy new features in this next-generation launcher.
Enough about naming... what's new? Quite a few things:
Live/CD Support - Firefox Portable supports running from a CD or other read-only media right out of the box. You just need change one setting to do it, too. Best of all, Firefox Portable will even detect if you're running from a read-only location and offer to run locally, which is handy if you have a write-protection switch on your flash drive or memory card. Full details are in the support topic on Running from a CD.
In-Place Upgrades - Firefox Portable now supports the ability to do what we're calling an "in-place upgrade". This means that you can extract it right over an existing installation of Firefox Portable without losing any of your existing data and it'll Just Work. This will apply to future releases of Firefox Portable as you'll still need to manually update due to the directory changes.
Partial Upgrade Support Fixed - Firefox Portable now fully supports the ability to use Firefox's partial upgrades. No changes are needed. Firefox Portable will automatically let you know when an update is available and let you choose when you'd like to install it. This is important, since some flash drives can be very slow, taking several minutes to update. Just be sure you have at least 40mb free on your drive when you do an update, since Firefox's update process doesn't yet check for low disk space.
Wine Support in Linux/Debian/Unix - Firefox Portable now supports the ability to download, install and run within Wine. That means you can run it right within your *nix of choice without any changes. You can even copy things like your bookmarks and cookies back and forth to your local copy of Firefox.
Multiple Versions For Multiple Purposes
Instead of just a single release, since there are so many more features in the new launcher, Firefox Portable has been released with multiple versions:
Firefox Portable 184.108.40.206 - This is the release that most folks will want. The current version of Mozilla Firefox, with all the latest security updates and bug fixes, made portable.
Firefox Portable 2.0 Beta 1 Preview - A portable version of the first beta of Mozilla Firefox 2.0. This package is great for testing out the new features of the browser without affecting your local install. And for testing out your web pages in the next release of the Gecko rendering engine.
Firefox Portable 1.0.8 - A portable version of the last release in the Mozilla Firefox 1.0 series. This package is great for testing your web pages in the older Gecko rendering engine that many people still use.
That's about it for this release today. I hope you enjoy all the handy new features. :-)
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