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12 July 2011, 14:56

Firefox 5.0.1 brings fixes on Mac OS X - Update

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Firefox Logo Mozilla has released version 5.0.1 of Firefox. As previously reported, the maintenance update to Firefox 5 addresses problems with Apple's upcoming Mac OS X Lion operating system that could cause the browser to crash. Firefox 5.0.1 also resolves an issue caused by one of Apple's latest Java updates (Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 10) that prevented the Java plug-in from being loaded.

Although the release notes mention only changes affecting the Mac OS X version of Firefox, updates to the Windows and Linux versions have also been released.

Further information about the update can be found in the release notes. Firefox 5.0.1 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the project's web site. Alternatively, users can upgrade to the new versions either by waiting for the automated update notification or by manually selecting "Check for updates" from the Help Menu.

Update: To avoid a crashing problem on the upcoming version of Mac OS X, Mozilla has released an update to the 3.6.x branch of Firefox, version 3.6.19, that disables downloadable fonts when running on Mac OS X Lion. The developers say that they hope to enable them again in a future release. In a post on the Mozilla Developer Center blog, the developers also note that Windows and Linux users "do not need and will not see the update offer" for Firefox 3.6.19 or 5.0.1.

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