Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Firefox 3.6.4 has crash protection for plugins

The Mozilla Blog reports that a new version of Firefox – version 3.6.4 has been released and can be downloaded from the Firefox website. Firefox 3.6.4 has an interesting feature built into it – crash protection.

The biggest culprit behind browser crashes are plug-ins, Adobe Flash plug-in in particular. With 9 out of 10 YouTube videos crashing, no matter which browser I use, I’m always hesitant to click on YouTube videos. Usually I open them on Chrome as Chrome tabs run on separate processes. Now it seems I can open them on Firefox too.

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Firefox 3.6.4 provides uninterrupted browsing for Windows and Linux users when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins. If a plugin crashes or freezes, you will be able to just reload the page to restart the plugin without affecting the rest of the browser.

It has to be noted, that Internet Explorer 8 too runs tabs on separate process and therefore resistant to plug-in crashes.

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