AuroraFox
AuroraFox 20.0a2
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AuroraFox is a build of Firefox Aurora for Power Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
What's New
Version 20.0a2 (2):
  • getUserMedia working (again)
  • faster font parsing (from TenFourFox, enhanced)
  • bug fix for a potential text input issue
Current issues :
  • session saving/restoring doesn't work
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 only



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AuroraFox User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 20.x:
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Macfool commented on 22 Jan 2013
There is a new file on the Aurora for PPC server and it very stable and as nimble as any of their other projects. The "esr" version, here -

http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-17.0.2esrpre.en-US.mac.dmg

And backports much of the vital Firefox changes up to 20a2.

Highly recommended.
[Version 20.0a2]


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Macfool commented on 26 Nov 2012
Aurorafox v19a2_3 is in release. Please read the notes if upgrading from a previous version. It can be D/L here:

http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-19.0a2_3.en-US.mac.dmg&can=2&q=
[Version 18.0a2]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 26 Nov 2012
Thanks once again for the heads up Macfool, I've updated the listing to the current version :) In the future, please feel free to submit updates for this and any other application via our update form http://www.macupdate.com/developers/update/ (also found at the bottom of every MU page). This ensures we see the update in a timely manner, and helps keep the comments free for reviews. Thanks!
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Macfool replied on 26 Nov 2012
MacUpdate---Ryan not a developer but a user trying to keep a dual G5 useful. Days will go by and an update will go unreported so lending a hand. Wasn't aware other comments were being inhibited by sharing this information.

Won't happen again.
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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 26 Nov 2012
Oh you're definitely not inhibiting other comments, I just wanted to let you know about the other form, which can be used by any member, not just the developer. It's currently not very visible on our pages and so lots of members aren't aware it event exists.

Please feel free to keep us notified of updates anywhere that's convenient for you (including the comments), we really do appreciate it! It's what makes the MacUpdate community so great :)
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Macfool commented on 27 Oct 2012
Aurorafox is at release number 18.0a2_3 here:

http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-18.0a2_3.en-US.mac.dmg&can=2&q=

A very competent browser for your Leopard PPC. One of three useful choices.
[Version 18.0a2]

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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 28 Oct 2012
Thanks, Macfool. The listing's been updated.
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Macfool commented on 19 Oct 2012
A new version is available, here:
http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-18.0a2_2.en-US.mac.dmg&can=2&q=

But the stable version remains and is very competent on the dual G5:
http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-17.0a2_8.en-US.mac.dmg&can=2&q=
[Version 18.0a2]


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internetzel commented on 12 Oct 2012
Plugins support is completely broken now - and will not be restored.
Please disable all plugins manually!
[Version 18.0a2]


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Macfool commented on 10 Oct 2012
Latest update is rock solid. If you are getting the last miles from that G5 this is the browser for you.

Here: http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-17.0a2_8.en-US.mac.dmg&can=2&q=

Very good work.
[Version 17.0a2]


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Alec124c41 commented on 18 Sep 2012
Crashed twice reading AOL email. Back to 16.
[Version 17.0a2]

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internetzel replied on 18 Sep 2012
Crash Reports are needed to fix possible problems. You find them in Library/Logs/CrashReporter in your home directory. Would be nice if you created a bug report and uploaded the crash reports to the google code aurorafox project.
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Alec124c41 replied on 18 Sep 2012
This is what I find:
2012-09-18-004425-firefox.hang
The hang occurred while trying to scroll down an email, containing graphics.
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Macfool commented on 17 Sep 2012
New version now available. Very stable.

Here - http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-17.0a2_6.en-US.mac.dmg&can=2&q=
[Version 17.0a2]

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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 17 Sep 2012
Thanks for the info. The listing's been updated!
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Macfool reviewed on 01 Sep 2012
http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-17.0a2_5.en-US.mac.dmg&can=2&q=

Don't trade in that PPC on 10.5 just yet.

I agree with much of Mikael B's assessment.
[Version 17.0a2]


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Mikael B reviewed on 01 Sep 2012
AuroraFox is very fast on PowerPC, if not the fastest web browser ever. The add-on perfomance and hundreds of bookmarks penalty I've seen in Tenfourfox is not present. The built-in Developer Tools are really wonderful for me as a developer, especially the style builder which can save the results!

v17.0a2_4 is not as stable as version 15 I ran before this and didn't crash once, but overall crashes are rare also in v17.

I also have installed Aurora for clients that are still using PowerPC and it has been very popular indeed. Breathes life back into old machines.

People whining ehere in the forums shoudl take into account that AuroraFox and TenFourFox are the ONLY 2 ways to run an updated Firefox browser on PowerPC.

The competition are all either too old (Safari) or have performance problems.
[Version 17.0a2]

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Mikael B replied on 01 Sep 2012
That should read "The add-on and hundreds of bookmarks *perfomance penalty*"

And I meant the fastest web browser on PowerPC.
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Tanner1294 replied on 06 Sep 2012
It's unwise to make claims like "ONLY" when you can't know for sure. I say this because there is another project where SeaMonkey (A mozilla firefox based browser also maintained by Mozilla.) is being ported to PowerPC. It's also up-to-date. http://code.google.com/p/seamonkey-ppc/
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Mikael B replied on 06 Sep 2012
True. The more ports the merrier.
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Tanner1294 had trouble on 22 Mar 2013
Has anyone else had any performance troubles with the latest build? (20.0a2) The whole app seems to lag like crazy when doing anything at all like opening menubar items, clicking interface buttons, etc. Browsing web pages is even slower with poor scrolling, slow loading, and even the mouse cursor changing to the little gloved hand can't go without taking a few seconds.
On the Google Code site I downloaded the Nightly 17.x build and that still runs great.

I've tried this build of AuroraFox on a 1.5ghz and 1.67ghz PowerBook G4 both with 2 gigs of RAM and fresh OS installs. Everything else runs fast, except this browser. It's odd..
[Version 20.0a2]


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internetzel had trouble on 12 Oct 2012
Plugins support is completely broken now - and will not be restored.
Please disable all plugins manually!
[Version 18.0a2]


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doxy had trouble on 09 Jun 2012
Instaquit on my G5 running 10.5.8 with an "XPCOMGlueLoad error 4:0 for file /[file path]/libxpcom.dylib:" an "unknown local relocation type" error and a "Couldn't load XPCOM" error in the Console log.

Exited with exit code: 255.

Nonetheless: thank you for looking out for us PPC users, developer.
[Version 14.0a2]

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internetzel replied on 09 Jun 2012
So you own a G5 and can help us to make it run optimized on it?
While we're fixing it you can get the following build of AuroraFox which should work - although not with maximum performance:
http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-14.0a2.en-US.mac.tar.bz2
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doxy replied on 09 Jun 2012
I do have a G5 and wouldn't mind trying to help in any way I can. I'm not sure how useful I'll be. Linked build opens with no problems.
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internetzel replied on 10 Jun 2012
Thanks for offering your help!

There are 2 new testing builds:
http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-14.0a2_G5-test1.en-US.tar.bz2
http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/downloads/detail?name=firefox-14.0a2_G5-test2.en-US.tar.bz2

Would be nice if you tested both and reported the results for each one!
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doxy replied on 11 Jun 2012
I don't do a lot of hardcore browsing, but I've been using both test builds for a few days and have some observations that may or may not be helpful. The fact that I can't open both applications and compare them side by side introduces the possibility that any differences (e.g. time it takes to load a page) may be perceptual.
I'd prefer to move this conversation over to email, if possible.
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internetzel replied on 12 Jun 2012
This should be continued at:

http://code.google.com/p/aurorafox/issues/detail?id=17
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internetzel replied on 06 Jul 2012
What about 15.0a2 on your G5?

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dsimer rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 20.0a2]



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Audionx rated on 19 Jan 2013

[Version 20.0a2]



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BillHicks rated on 11 Sep 2012

[Version 17.0a2]



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Jbarley rated on 01 Sep 2012

[Version 17.0a2]



+53

OSX-FTW! rated on 06 Jul 2012

[Version 15.0a2]


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Type:Internet : Browsers
License:Free
Date:19 Jan 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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AuroraFox is a build of Firefox Aurora for Power Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.


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