Firefox 46.0.1

I’m beginning to detect a weird kind of consistency to the way Mozilla assigns version numbers to Firefox.

If Mozilla staffers don’t want to formally announce a new version, they give it a minor revision number, like 46.0.1, which was released on Tuesday. If, on the other hand, Mozilla decides to announce a new version of Firefox, they give it a major revision number, like last week’s Firefox 46.0.

This sounds silly, but it seems to fit what we know. For example, despite the major difference in revision numbers between 46.0 and 46.0.1, both versions consist of a few bug fixes.

The release notes for Firefox 46.0.1 list six changes, all bug fixes for minor issues that aren’t particularly interesting. None of the fixes seem related to security.

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Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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