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Firefox 4

Firefox 4 is great so far!

After having used Firefox ever since it was known as Phoenix, I switched over to Google Chrome last summer just to experience something different, because at that point, FF just wasn't impressing me as it once did. I ended up falling in love with Chrome, but over time, I realized that it didn't do a lot of things as well as FF. It might be a faster browser, but if it's more inconvenient to use, that's not exactly a win, either.

I moved back to Firefox once 4 was released in final form, and so far I've been loving it. It's fast for the most part (helps that I am using an SSD, though), stable (hasn't crashed on me even once, or hung up) and I've come to immediately rely on the Sync feature.

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GNOME News: Black Lab Drops GNOME and Further GNOME Experiments in Meson

  • Ubuntu-Based Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 Drops GNOME 3 for MATE Desktop
    Coming about two weeks after the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11, which is based on the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system using the HWE (hardware enablement) kernel from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 appears to be an unexpected maintenance update addressing a few important issues reported by users lately.
  • 3.26 Developments
    My approach to development can often differ from my peers. I prefer to spend the early phase of a cycle doing lots of prototypes of various features we plan to implement. That allows me to have the confidence necessary to know early in the cycle what I can finish and where to ask for help.
  • Further experiments in Meson
    Meson is definitely getting more traction in GNOME (and other projects), with many components adding support for it in parallel to autotools, or outright switching to it. There are still bugs, here and there, and we definitely need to improve build environments — like Continuous — to support Meson out of the box, but all in all I’m really happy about not having to deal with autotools any more, as well as being able to build the G* stack much more quickly when doing continuous integration.

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