Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/26/firefox_3_6_beta_4/

Mozilla dishes up fourth Firefox 3.6 beta alongside deep-fried turkey

A generous dash of sugar in your sweet potato mash

By Kelly Fiveash

Posted in Applications, 26th November 2009 16:58 GMT

Praise be - Mozilla has spun out yet another beta for Firefox 3.6, the next iteration of the outfit's popular browser, just in time for Thanksgiving.

A finalised version of Firefox 3.6, based on the Gecko 1.9.2. engine, will rock up next month - unless Mozilla is hit by any last-minute showstopping bugs, that is.

The Firefox 3.6 beta 4 update comes loaded with over 100 fixes.

Mozilla noted that "almost 70 per cent" of the thousands of Firefox add-ons had now been upgraded by their authors to be compatible with the browser.

Extensions are extremely popular in Firefox, so it's hardly surprising to see Mozilla making a big play for the hearts and minds of the developer community ahead of 3.6's arrival in December.

Changes and new features in the latest beta 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.

Mozilla, which hastily shoved a third beta for Firefox 3.6 out the door just last week, has the full rundown on the latest preview of its upcoming browser here.

Apparently playing with the beta is fun for all the family this Thanksgiving. ®