Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/23/firefox_5_beta/

Firefox 5 beta slapped on Mozilla conveyer belt

I am not a number, I am a free browser

By Kelly Fiveash

Posted in Applications, 23rd May 2011 12:03 GMT

Mozilla has released a public beta of Firefox 5, ahead of its planned final release in late June.

The test build comes a month after Mozilla rejigged its browser release schedule in a clear nod to Google's Chrome.

CSS animation is the big advancement in the next, lightly-developed iteration of Firefox.

Additionally, the do-not-track header option has been given a more prominent spot in Firefox 5. Integration with the desktop environment has also been improved for Linux users.

Mozilla, in a press statement, was careful not to mention the version name of the browser it's currently prepping for showtime on 21 June.

The open source outfit's developers have in the past felt weighed down by version numbers of its browser.

In an effort to make the upgrade process appear more seamless for its users, Mozilla has adopted a release schedule similar to that of Google, which places a bigger emphasis on the actual development stage of the browser, rather than allowing coders to feel encumbered by version numbers.

Here's the full rundown of what's available in the beta. ®