Firefox 21 now available, launches officially tomorrow

Firefox 21 is now available to download, one day ahead of its official launch, with the versions for Windows, Mac and Linux available on Mozilla's FTP server. Firefox 21 for Android hasn't been pushed to Google Play just yet, but come the official launch date (tomorrow) it should also be available alongside its desktop companions.

While Mozilla has yet to announce the official changelog for Firefox 21, as TNW points out, the beta release notes give some insight into what to expect. For the desktop version, Mozilla have implemented three-state Do Not Track (adding in a third option for "user says track"), added a suggestion system for improving app startup time, and implemented the Firefox Health Report. For Android we should be seeing an updated UI based on the 'Holo' design, the ability to save media files, plus numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

If you're particularly eager to check out the latest version, head to this FTP link where you'll be able to find Firefox 21 for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you'd rather wait for the official launch, check on either Mozilla.com tomorrow, or let the current version of Firefox automatically update to the new version.

Via: The Next Web

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I got it, and it loads fairly quickly...I just have one issue. The icon that I have pinned to my taskbar (Win 7 Ultimate) doesn't register any jumplist shortcuts...version 20 kept a full list...and I have checked in my start menu to make sure that "Store & Display recently opened programs in the Start Menu," and "Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar" are checked. It's not a complete deal-breaker, but I do miss my jumplist shortcuts.

More totally unnecessary jumping the gun. Can't people wait until it's officially released and distributed
to all the official download mirrors, rather than hammering Mozilla's FTP servers a day or so early?!?

DJGM said,
More totally unnecessary jumping the gun. Can't people wait until it's officially released and distributed
to all the official download mirrors, rather than hammering Mozilla's FTP servers a day or so early?!?

This is beneficial to Mozilla. The geeks get the release themselves today, and the public slowly begin to get it tomorrow onward. Much better balance for their servers.

Even since 21 was in nightly a month or two back jumplists have been broken, and this has carried over into the later beta/nightly versions as well... am I missing something new settings wise or are they just plain busted?

still slow as f***... on almost every page that;s java+flash intensive... bwin.com loaded in 13 seconds on FF21 while on Chrome 28 it did in 7... uninstall

It's slow on everything - many tabs, many pictures, many scripts.

Performance, response, lags - they should work first on that.

It came up in mere seconds for me, then again, I'm using NoScript and ad-blocking and other config tweaks in Fx. Are you running a vanilla version?

UnclePritchard said,
still slow as f***... on almost every page that;s java+flash intensive... bwin.com loaded in 13 seconds on FF21 while on Chrome 28 it did in 7... uninstall

I know your type. I doubt you even installed Firefox 21.

It's funny. Most Firefox haters used to swear by Firefox before Chrome came out. It's a BROWSER. They're all highly capable, including IE10, as much as people hate to admit it these days.

UnclePritchard said,
still slow as f***... on almost every page that;s java+flash intensive... bwin.com loaded in 13 seconds on FF21 while on Chrome 28 it did in 7... uninstall

Zero issues here

ozzy76 said,
It came up in mere seconds for me, then again, I'm using NoScript and ad-blocking and other config tweaks in Fx. Are you running a vanilla version?

Same, not sure what he's going on about, loads in a couple seconds, tops, more or less identical to Chromium on my system.. pretty much the only place where Chrome does better than Firefox speed wise is on benchmark sites, and that gap has been closing rather fast with the latest updates.. day to day usage, usually Firefox does it quicker for me, and with a lot less annoyances. (Person preference, detest Chromium's UI and insane resource usage, never mind some of the shortcomings with the various "essential" addons.)

i am talking fresh install no other plugins installed. i do not install other plugins on chrome other than adobe pdf professional and maybe bitdefender traffic light. it might differ of course on each user's PC but ever since version 13 of FF or so ,Chrome was faster for me.

UnclePritchard said,
i am talking fresh install no other plugins installed. i do not install other plugins on chrome other than adobe pdf professional and maybe bitdefender traffic light. it might differ of course on each user's PC but ever since version 13 of FF or so ,Chrome was faster for me.

Speed isn't everything.

For me it loaded in 3 sec with Adblock enabled or disabled.
Running Firefox 23a (Nightly) on old P4-Mobile laptop. 512mb ram.

UnclePritchard said,
still slow as f***... on almost every page that;s java+flash intensive... bwin.com loaded in 13 seconds on FF21 while on Chrome 28 it did in 7... uninstall

Can't use firefox with the address bar not having a search built into it. I know this is their own style, but IE and Chrome have this feature now and I am too used to it to bother wanting to change.

Oo, thanks for the info. When did they implement that. I remember a while back I wasn't able to do that. Gunna use firefox a bit and see how good it is now.

I don't really follow browser technology, and I use whatever browser I'm in the mood for that day. Question is, how much further can browsers improve? It seems all the major players release trivial things and slap on a new version number. I'd much rather have new security patches, but save version numbers and "big" changes to every year. I don't know, maybe I'm just old. I really don't get this fascination today with the younger guys wanting a new version number every month, just for the sake of having a new version number.

This!
It's pure and blatant marketing that is supposed to signify "rapid growth" and "fast progress" and at times intended to justify absence of any meaningful or long term support. Given the amount of changes and features things like Windows, Linux kernel, Office and Photoshop should now be version 123 each.

JHBrown said,
I don't really follow browser technology, and I use whatever browser I'm in the mood for that day. Question is, how much further can browsers improve? It seems all the major players release trivial things and slap on a new version number. I'd much rather have new security patches, but save version numbers and "big" changes to every year. I don't know, maybe I'm just old. I really don't get this fascination today with the younger guys wanting a new version number every month, just for the sake of having a new version number.

I'm with ya on the # scheme. It's silly.

IntelliMoo said,
I assume 23 must have a 64-bit version and/or (finally!) a true multiple-process architecture?

No that won't be until 2015 or 2016.

max22 said,

No that won't be until 2015 or 2016.


Firefox 64 most probably, or it might be included in firefox 63 as a 'beta'.

n_K said,

Firefox 64 most probably, or it might be included in firefox 63 as a 'beta'.

Firefox 64 comes bundled with the rumble pak.

I don't understand why they haven't caught on or instituted auto updates like chrome.Yes, it isn't chrome but what better way to protect a system by auto updates?

I'd be disabling that auto update in Firefox, if I used it or Chrome, just like I do in EVERYTHING I have installed.

Have always hated crap that auto updates, except my AV, if/when I have one installed!!

cork1958 said,
I'd be disabling that auto update in Firefox, if I used it or Chrome, just like I do in EVERYTHING I have installed.

Have always hated crap that auto updates, except my AV, if/when I have one installed!!

I don't believe you can in the regular verison of Chrome.

Auto-update in Chrome works really well though, unlike any other application I have ever used... It doesn't prompt you to download, install, or anything. It just silently and quickly updates the files in the background with no user intervention at all...

ChrisJ1968 said,
I don't understand why they haven't caught on or instituted auto updates like chrome.Yes, it isn't chrome but what better way to protect a system by auto updates?

But they do? Or rather I thought they did.

Nightwind Hawk said,
Auto-update in Chrome works really well though, unlike any other application I have ever used... It doesn't prompt you to download, install, or anything. It just silently and quickly updates the files in the background with no user intervention at all...

Firefox actually does too, with Mozilla Maintenance Service. However you can manually check if there are updates too. Idk if it's supposed to be out for everyone, but I just did and it took 4 clicks to install FF 21, just from the About Firefox window.

I understand why Firefox adopted this new release schedule, but I miss the days when a new version would include changes that users would actually see... I'm really not a fan of the Google Chrome style releases (It's just another negative effect Google has had on the industry as far as I'm concerned)...

I like the Chrome style of releases, but my beef with Chrome is that it truly felt like nothing was coming for a good while there.

Firefox, since I've given up Chrome, has become increasingly user friendly over the past few months, great download menu, lighter, and still has upcoming changes that I'm looking forward to. I turned my back on Firefox when Chrome got addons, but I gotta say I still have plenty of love for the Mozilla team. They've done a great job in adapting and keeping up the drive. Firefox doesn't feel stale at all, at least in my opinion having used Chrome for the last year compared to just the few months being on Firefox again.

M_Lyons10 said,
I understand why Firefox adopted this new release schedule, but I miss the days when a new version would include changes that users would actually see... I'm really not a fan of the Google Chrome style releases (It's just another negative effect Google has had on the industry as far as I'm concerned)...

What difference does it make? Just because there's no fanfare every time there's a release doesn't mean that these features aren't making it into the releases. It just means that we get them when they're ready instead of waiting a year for a big release that's already out of date.

M_Lyons10 said,
I understand why Firefox adopted this new release schedule, but I miss the days when a new version would include changes that users would actually see... I'm really not a fan of the Google Chrome style releases (It's just another negative effect Google has had on the industry as far as I'm concerned)...

I think that Flexbox support has been updated. I certainly have been looking forward to testing this.

I agree and wish there were more of a versioning standard as oppose to a free-for-all. My proposal for x.y.z.build:
.build - bug fixes
.z - bug fixes
.y - Improvement to existing features and perhaps implementation of minor features.
x - New features that the vast majority of user will notice. I think incrementing x would also be appropriate for complete ground-up rewrites for efficiency reasons or an overhauled UI.

The only thing Mozilla has accomplished by incrementing the version number so quickly is that now I'm disinterested in ever looking at a change log.

Edited by Shadrack, May 15 2013, 1:22am :

dead.cell said,
Firefox doesn't feel stale at all

Probably because they keep ripping features from Chrome no one is asking for.

Every single release I have to figure out a way to revert something they've changed for the worse. Sometimes, there isn't a way, and that's when I get really vocal.