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Classilla 9.3.1

ClassicHasClass

Well-known member
Posted to the Mac OS 9 list.

It's been a long time coming, but Classilla 9.3.1 is (finally) released. Due

to TenFourFox taking up a large amount of time to stay on the Mozilla

treadmill, plus my MDD blowing out its second power supply during development,

this took around seven months to get out and I do not intend to let it slip

that long again.

It is also not as far as long as I would like it to be, and I did not have

time to incorporate the French localization a user sent to me, nor was I

able to complete the security rollup in full. Still, all security updates

between 1.3 and 1.7.12 (and a bit of 1.7.13) were reviewed, over 100, and

nearly half were actual vulnerabilities that were repaired in 9.3.1.

In addition, several crash bugs were fixed, some minor layout updates made,

flyout and CSS hover menus are more reliable, Byblos properly works when you

back up to a parsed page, and you can change your mail client in about:config

to use an external agent.

There are three major changes/updates as well:

- Classilla can now use its HTML parser to parse WML and Mobile XHTML pages,

which means a lot more mobile sites work properly.

- You can now change your user agent by site. The "branch" is anything under

classilla.sitecontrol.

If you create a preference classilla.sitecontrol.www.floodgap.com and give

it the value "a" (a single letter a), the generic Classilla/CFM user agent

is sent instead. There will be other single letter aliases available later.

If you make the preference more than one character, that becomes the user

agent sent to the site.

Otherwise, the default user agent is sent. This pref branch will be exposed

to the interface around 9.3.3 or 9.3.4, but you can change it from

about:config now. There are three defaults in there already (the hard

whitelist from 9.3.0).

- Classilla no longer automatically imports your Sherlock search services

which means a lot more mobile sites work properly.

- You can now change your user agent by site. The "branch" is anything under

classilla.sitecontrol.

If you create a preference classilla.sitecontrol.www.floodgap.com and give

it the value "a" (a single letter a), the generic Classilla/CFM user agent

is sent instead. There will be other single letter aliases available later.

If you make the preference more than one character, that becomes the user

agent sent to the site.

Otherwise, the default user agent is sent. This pref branch will be exposed

to the interface around 9.3.3 or 9.3.4, but you can change it from

about:config now. There are three defaults in there already (the hard

whitelist from 9.3.0).

- Classilla no longer automatically imports your Sherlock search services

since they are tragically out of date and worse, could leak data. You can

turn them back on if you really want, but it will be no longer supported.

A new, refreshed set of search engines is now being included and built.

9.3.2 will continue the security rollup through 1.9.2 (Firefox 3.6) and 9.3.3

hopefully bringing the entire browser finally to security parity with Firefox

and TenFourFox.

9.3.1 was tested on my MDD G4, my Power Mac 7300 with G4/800, my TAM with

G3/500 and (for Woody's enjoyment) my PowerBook 1400 with G3/466, all running

9.1 or 9.2.2.

There is still a long way to go, but it's getting there.

http://www.classilla.org/
 

Tron

Active member
Sorry. I'm tired to write in all my post: "Sorry for my bad English". For once I didn't put it, I do it very wrong.

Sorry for my bad English :b&w:

 

avw

Well-known member
Yeah! Thanks for your hard work. Please keep going!

I had as well an other idea about multiprocessor macs. You once told, that you played a lot with deviding "Classilla tasks" to the two processors, like letting the one do all JavaScripts etc. what didn´t really work. What about if you put entire Classilla computing, to the other CPU that is not used by the OS, if it is a multiprocessor mac? Shouldn´t that help a lot with multitasking, and improve stability? I think most people use browsers this days "aside" other applications. So perhaps this is a way to go? A G4 MDD Dual with totally dedicated "Classilla CPU" and nearly no effect to the Mc OS 9 CPU that is "doing the rest of the computer", would be a nice thing, wouldn´t it? ;)

 

ClassicHasClass

Well-known member
I don't know if MPTasks can support something like that. I had looked at enabling the other CPU to act as the interrupt source for the first one in NSPR (Mozilla did some work on this prior to the abandonment of the OS 9 port), but there were some issues with it and I haven't yet tried it myself. However, the bigger problem is that right now, even to this very day in Firefox, JavaScript must run on the main thread.

 

avw

Well-known member
I see. Thanks for thinking about it nevertheless. I thought it might be more easy, ... It was an idea as I got a Dual MDD at my hands right now. A beast of machine!

It´s great to see that the development is going on, like it happened the last years! Just don´t let us down one day. ;)

 
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