Monday, May 2nd 2005

Wohooo! Binary Patching for Firefox 1.1! (?)

One of the main complaints about Firefox 1.0 has been that “you have to download the full installation when upgrading”. This has simply been due to the fact that Firefox had no system for such incremental patches. Well, it looks like Ben Goodger & co (Darin Fisher, specifically) have worked out a way to get incremental binary patching into Firefox for 1.1.

This is sweet music to my ears. I really hope they manage to make the update manager simple, intuitive and 100% functional. That way, I will have much less work keeping all my friends’ Firefoxes up-to-date. 🙂

Edit: Ben has also made some mockups of what the update manager will (should?) look like.

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  1. splib says:

    I saw the ascii diagram of update for ff 1.1. I didn’t read all of the lower parts. but it looks rational. I’m not sure where to suggest this, so I’ll just post here, where no one will ever see it :-)but… instead of only those two choices when update is found, I’d prefer a 3rd option:”Later” | “Just Download” | “Download & Install”

  2. David Naylor says:

    You could send ben goodger an email. I’m not sure, but it could be ben at mozilla . org.