Feedly Versioning and Upgrade


Q: What is the feedly version format?

The full feedly version information look something like: 1.2.180 (build 2504). “1.2” is the major version, “180” is the patch level and 2504 is the build number. You can find this version information at the bottom of every feedly page.

Feedly offers two update model, one for major version update (ie then the major version changes) and one for patching (when the patch level changes).

Q: How does the major version update works?

The major version update uses the Mozilla update mechanism. When the feedly version changes from 1.X to 1.Y or 2.0, Mozilla detects this major version change when the browser starts and a dialog is shown to notify you that the new version is available and help you install it and restart the browser.

Q: How does patching work?

Patching use a mechanism built into the feedly streets platform. It allows use to update the content of some of the Javascript and CSS components without doing a major upgrade. This is very useful for bug fixes and simple iterative changes. Patching happens automatically and transparently everytime you restart Firefox.

Q: How often does feedly get patched?

It depends. When users report a bug which has an impact on the user experience, then we usually try to fix it and push out a patch the same day. For other type of changes, we usually accumulate changes and push out a new patch on Saturdays.

Q: Can I turn off the automatic patching?

In version 1.2, no. This is something we are adding to version 2.0. As the core of feedly matures (version 2.0 or 2.5), our goal is to evolve our release pattern towards using patches only for critical bug and accumulate other feature related changes and push out a major update out every month (this is how the initial versioning system was designed). Right now, we still need to be able to iterate fast to polish the experience and patches are very useful for that.

Q: Are there differences between the version of feedly available on addons.mozilla.com and http://www.feedly.com?

From a feedly functionality, no because both of them will patch itself to the latest version. From an underlying infrastructure perspective, the version on http://www.feedly.com is more advanced (green button, installable on firefox 3.1, slightly more optimized memory management, less intrusive patching). So if you have the choice http://www.feedly.com is definitely a better place to get feedly. We are working with the mozilla team to update the .xpi available on mozilla.com but that procress is very lengthy.

Q: When I click on find updates in firefox, I get an error message. Why?

We are not sure why this is happening. But from a firefox/major version perspective, if you are running 1.2, then you are up-to-date. 1.2 will automatically patch itself to the latest patch number. That happens transparently without you having to install anything manually.

Hope this help. Please let us know if you have any other questions and we will be happy to extend this Q&A.

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