Mozilla shoots out fifth Firefox 3.6 beta
Release date set for Christmas Day? You never know...
Mozilla has released a fifth - and surely final - beta of Firefox 3.6, a complete version of which it plans to spin out before the end of 2009.
The Firefox 3.6 beta 5 update comes with a few tweaks to how Mozilla allows third party software to slot into the browser. The change should help prevent crashes, said the open source outfit.
"This version is also faster and more responsive than previous versions, and has been optimised to run on small device operating systems such as Windows CE and Maemo," said Mozilla in the latest beta's release notes.
Changes and new features in the upcoming browswer include support for the HTML 5 file API, a tweak to how third-party software integrates with Firefox to beef up stability, and a mechanism to prevent incompatible software from crashing the browser.
Plug-ins might be playing catch-up with the latest beta, however, noted Mozilla.
"Add-ons installed with previous versions of Firefox may not yet have been updated by their authors to work with Firefox 3.6 beta," it said.
It's available in 70 languages and contains more than 100 bug fixes since the last beta, which Mozilla pushed out during Thanksgiving last month.
So, can we expect to see Turkey redux with Mozilla spinning out the final version of Firefox 3.6 on Christmas Day? Because after all, stranger things have happened, right? ®
Back To IE8
I hate to say it, but in recent days the latest release of FireFux has let me down very badly, to the extent where I had to use IE8. It seemed to have a problem with DNS when a lick was clinked on a web page, it would regularly present a "page not found" error - which IE8 didn't do.
It's a damn shame that the kiddies who are rolling out these releases don't stop and take their time to test properly.
And Paris because I'd like to stop and test her properly before licking her clinks.
Dumbed and Slowed Down
Well, they also promised that 3.5 was the "fastest ever" and I ended up uninstalling back to 3.0.15.
I just don't get it that today's young guns don't give a toss about efficient software. Its all about eye candy, lets copy Apple crap.
Yes I want a nice interface, but don't grind my year old laptop / modern netbook to a halt !!!
Impressed for now.
While Firefox have had it's issues in v3.5, I am so far impressed with the latest beta. I have just installed it and so I haven't been able to test it out fully, but as it is right now, it already starts up faster than 3.5, and it even loaded up all my tabs from 3.5, and was still faster.
I've been having issues with 'page not found', so we'll see if I still get it in this beta. I honestly thought it was my wifi drivers or something.. now I know it's pretty much a Firefox issue.
I'm also running Vista Home Premium 32bit (2GHz, 3GB Ram), and we all know how slow Vista is, so yeah. So having a latest Firefox actually loading up as fast as they claim, is good in my eyes for the time being.