Feeds

Mozilla releases final Firefox 3.5 beta

Minor bit of spit, polish applied

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Mozilla pushed a fourth beta of Firefox 3.5, formerly known as Firefox 3.1, out the door yesterday.

The oft-delayed next version of the open source browser is expected to arrive at some point in the first half of this year, it had originally been pencilled in to rock up in December 2008.

However, a series of problems brought on by show-stopping bugs in Mozilla's new JavaScript engine TraceMonkey meant the organisation was forced to push back its release date and change the browser's name to reflect the huge amount of changes it's undergone in beta.

So Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 should be the final beta of the browser ahead of its release at some point in the next few months.

It comes loaded with performance, web compatibility and speed improvements, according to Mozilla.

"This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 3.5," said the firm.

Features include better tools for controlling private data, including a porn one-handed browsing Private Browsing mode, improved stability with TraceMonkey and the ability to provide "Location Aware Browsing" using web standards for geolocation.

But going by Mozilla's announcement there's nothing majorly different in the latest beta. Instead it contains final minor tweaks ahead of the release candidate version of Firefox 3.5.

Mozilla has the full rundown about the download, which is available now for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, here. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?