Mozilla Removing Version Numbers from Firefox's About Page

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2011 - 02:05 AM |
Tagged: software, mozilla, firefox, browser

A new bug report on Mozilla's Bugzilla website indicates that the versioning of the popular web browser will be hidden from the users in future builds.  Specifically, bug 678775 was posted late last week by Asa Dotzler, and addresses the version number on Firefox's About page.  The bug report recommends removing the specific version number in favor of a more general phrase such as "Firefox checked for updates 20 minutes ago, you are running the latest release," according to Asa.  Firefox would then, ideally, check for an update whenever the About window was opened, to keep the update message current and the user running the latest build.

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The current Firefox About page where version numbers are still listed.

While the specific version number will be removed from the About page, users would still be able to dig into the browser's less well known areas, such as the about:support configuration page, to see it.

On one hand, Firefox's new rapid-release schedule will make versioning a less efficient method of, well, versioning; however, the About page of an application has traditionally been the spot to find the version number, and removing the version number from what is essentially a version number information page seems counter productive.  Firefox will likely be on version 7 before the end of the year, and considering version 5 was just released in June, the argument that version numbers are getting out of hand has some merit.  With that said, a simplified message to users that they are, in fact, running the latest version is a good thing to implement, but does it necessitate no longer displaying the version number?

Personally, I enjoy knowing the specific version number of the applications I run, but I'm curious what you guys think; should the version number be buried?

 

Source: Mozilla
August 16, 2011 | 03:42 PM - Posted by ShadowLeaper

I also like to know the version of each and every application I have installed. It will be sad to see that go.

August 17, 2011 | 03:17 AM - Posted by iycgtptyarvg (not verified)

I hate to see this go. I for one check the release notes of applications to see whether I actually want to update, or want to play it safe.
Also, I don't want it to auto-update. I don't want to be a guinea pig.

August 17, 2011 | 06:32 PM - Posted by grimmster (not verified)

Yeah, it's stupid to remove that and if it does in fact get axed, I just may move to Chrome

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