Sunday, September 4th 2005

Binary Patching Now Working in Firefox

Ye-haa! The Software Update in Firefox now features great, wonderful, slick binary patching. You can update from one version to another by just downloading a few hundred kB or so. Just check this screenshot sequence:

Screenshot of Firefox 'update available' window

Screenshot of Firefox downloading updates

Screenshot of Firefox Software Update, step 3

Updating Firefox, after restart

This, together with the setting to download and install updates automatically, makes it possible for me (and these other guys) to install Firefox for friends and other acquaintances without having to follow up with update installations.

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  1. xeen says:

    yay, this is great, I tried it, too. It’ll jsut work and you don’t have to redownload all 4.7 megs (on win, it’s even more of linux/osx) just for a tiny security update that probably changes 10kb somewhere, wee!It’s also going to reduce the load on the mozilla servers since it’s much easier to ship 400 kb to the customers than shipping another version.xeen

  2. David Naylor says:

    Yeah, I guess this is one of those win/win situations 🙂

  3. David Naylor says:

    xeen, btw: You’re website’s design is cool as ice, man! (Three cheers for PNG support in IE7!)