The Firefox Update Conspiracy

Modern software releases patches and updates incrementally, meaning you only have to download the code that is different. This allows for much smaller and more effective downloads. Patching systems such as this have been around since software had version numbers. Why then does Firefox require you to download the full program every time a new version is released?
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Asa writes in a comment:
We do have an update system but we don't yet have binary diff patching. We don't count the downloads from the update system (if we did, there would be another 10-20 million downloads on our counter).

April 21, 2005 05:11 PM | Posted in Mozilla


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Another more irritating "feature" is having to go through the installer all the time, and especially having to uncheck the "I want to use firefox home as my start page" every time.

This should be easy enough to fix ?

Comment by Denis Braekhus at April 21, 2005 07:17 PM | Permalink

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