Firefox 3.6 is officially out; go get it

Firefox 3.6 has officially been released by Mozilla for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The latest version of the world's 2nd most popular browser is expected to hold over power users until the release of Firefox 4.0 (since 3.7 has officially been taken off the roadmap). The release is considered to be more of a major step forward, rather than an incremental change. A lot has been tweaked and added under the hood. Unfortunately, Electrolysis (process separation) will still have to wait until the next update.

Here are some of the new features:

  • Personas - hover over themes to see what they'd look like and apply them to your browser
  • Out-of-date plugin notifier - tells you when a plugin, such as Flash, is out of date and directs you to an update source
  • Full-screen video - if you are using HTML 5 to view embedded Ogg videos, you can now view them in full screen
  • Web open font format - allows for smaller-sized font formats, allowing sites to load faster, with the intended fonts
  • Desktop Orientation Sensors - allows your browser to know when your computer is being moved and can adjust the picture accordingly
  • Speed - the browser, as a whole, is 20% faster than Firefox 3.5.x, making it the 2nd fastest browser, behind Chrome (source: Lifehacker)

For more details, and to see a video of what's new in Firefox 3.6, please visit our previous coverage at Mozilla Firefox 3.6 final release date.

Click here to download Firefox 3.6 in over 70 languages for any platform.

FF 3.6 Personas Screenshot

Thanks for the pic Andrew Lyle.

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I did a Sunspider test yesterday on 3.5.7 and again after I upgraded to 3.6 and 3.6 was 16% faster. The only differences would be that some addons weren't used in both tests.

Acid 3 Test gives me score of 94.

http://acid3.acidtests.org/

I forgot but wasn't it 100 in previous releases or i got a false memory..?

Definitely a great improvement on the way to 4.0, and I tend to be a major Firefox critic. It took a handful of things that IE really popularized, kept a lot of the things that Firefox was doing right all along, and put it together very well. Since I follow a two-browser rule, I'm pretty sure I'll be uninstalling Chrome, but it's a shame there doesn't seem to be a way to sync FF bookmarks to the same server Chrome syncs to. That, or the plugin simply escapes me. Huh.

There's always export/import.

Joshie said,
Definitely a great improvement on the way to 4.0, and I tend to be a major Firefox critic. It took a handful of things that IE really popularized, kept a lot of the things that Firefox was doing right all along, and put it together very well. Since I follow a two-browser rule, I'm pretty sure I'll be uninstalling Chrome, but it's a shame there doesn't seem to be a way to sync FF bookmarks to the same server Chrome syncs to. That, or the plugin simply escapes me. Huh.

There's always export/import.

Have you tried xmarks? It does the job very well =)

Has the speed (browser opening/closing and perhaps web browsing even?) noticeably changed from previous versions?

este said,
Has the speed (browser opening/closing and perhaps web browsing even?) noticeably changed from previous versions?

Yes. It was one of the main things they worked on for this release.

benchmarked with peacekeeper, chrome got just a few point more on my systems...
and firefox is the superior browser in every other way in my option so :P

I was bored and decided to muck around and make a webpage that'll turn your toolbar into a crazy disco thanks to personas: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3011522/personas.html

ziadoz said,
I was bored and decided to muck around and make a webpage that'll turn your toolbar into a crazy disco thanks to personas: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3011522/personas.html

Surely thats an annoying bug as well, as if it can change it like that whats stopping injecting that and keeping that as your style......

ziadoz said,
I was bored and decided to muck around and make a webpage that'll turn your toolbar into a crazy disco thanks to personas: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3011522/personas.html

Thanks for that... Now how do we disable themes altogether before someone finds an exploit in them? :|

GreyWolf said,
Thanks for that... Now how do we disable themes altogether before someone finds an exploit in them? :|

It's just a background picture/theme.

Kirkburn said,

It's just a background picture/theme.

I know, but I don't like that a web site can manipulate my browser client remotely.

GreyWolf said,

I know, but I don't like that a web site can manipulate my browser client remotely.

Good point. :|

Imagine how easy it'll be to get someone in trouble by plastering sketchy human parts across the browser... this is assuming the possibility of getting Personas outside AMO.

Edited by Denis W., Jan 22 2010, 5:55am :

i cant understand what its the fetish about all those TAB above url bar and the stop and reload button on the right, i find it not useful and i do really hate if the next version of firefox do force me into that, one reason of why firefox its the my prefered browser, something that chrome which the rendering and performance its great, i really hate the UI, customization and the interface in general.

I think that one of the reason that ie6 its still very used its because its a more customizable ie version...

eilegz said,
i cant understand what its the fetish about all those TAB above url bar and the stop and reload button on the right, i find it not useful and i do really hate if the next version of firefox do force me into that, one reason of why firefox its the my prefered browser, something that chrome which the rendering and performance its great, i really hate the UI, customization and the interface in general.

I think that one of the reason that ie6 its still very used its because its a more customizable ie version...


You will still be able to customize Firefox's UI after the UI refresh.

eilegz said,
i cant understand what its the fetish about all those TAB above url bar and the stop and reload button on the right, i find it not useful and i do really hate if the next version of firefox do force me into that, one reason of why firefox its the my prefered browser, something that chrome which the rendering and performance its great, i really hate the UI, customization and the interface in general.

I think that one of the reason that ie6 its still very used its because its a more customizable ie version...

The newest versions of the Mockup have the refresh/stop button on the left hand side.

Also... you do realize Firefox will give you the option to choose if you want tabs on top or below like it is now right? Same goes for the theme that Strata uses.

Emon said,
gets 94 in Acid3 .. not bad.

How does acid3 even matter? It's not like that test it going to determine how well websites will come up in the real world lol

Owenw said,

How does acid3 even matter? It's not like that test it going to determine how well websites will come up in the real world lol

http://www.webstandards.org/2008/10/02/dowehaveawinner/ finish reading this then come back and comment again.

Emon said,

http://www.webstandards.org/2008/10/02/dowehaveawinner/ finish reading this then come back and comment again.

Acid3 is not important because CSS3 is still draft and not a standard. If it can do Acid2, it works. Acid3 can change form time to time.

Glendi said,

Acid3 is not important because CSS3 is still draft and not a standard. If it can do Acid2, it works. Acid3 can change form time to time.

umm .. again please *read* before posting anything. Let me make the process a little easy for you, here's the technologies that ACID3 tests and CSS3 is just one out of the 19 things it tests:

* DOM2 Core
* DOM2 Events
* DOM2 HTML
* DOM2 Range
* DOM2 Style (getComputedStyle, …)
* DOM2 Traversal (NodeIterator, TreeWalker)
* DOM2 Views (defaultView)
* ECMAScript
* HTML4 (<object>, <iframe>, …)
* HTTP (Content-Type, 404, …)
* Media Queries
* Selectors (:lang, :nth-child(), combinators, dynamic changes, …)
* XHTML 1.0
* CSS2 (@font-face)
* CSS2.1 (‘inline-block’, ‘pre-wrap’, parsing…)
* CSS3 Color (rgba(), hsla(), …)
* CSS3 UI (‘cursor’)
* data: URIs
* SVG (SVG Animation, SVG Fonts, …)

Emon said,

umm .. again please *read* before posting anything. Let me make the process a little easy for you, here's the technologies that ACID3 tests and CSS3 is just one out of the 19 things it tests:

* DOM2 Core
* DOM2 Events
* DOM2 HTML
* DOM2 Range
* DOM2 Style (getComputedStyle, …)
* DOM2 Traversal (NodeIterator, TreeWalker)
* DOM2 Views (defaultView)
* ECMAScript
* HTML4 (<object>, <iframe>, …)
* HTTP (Content-Type, 404, …)
* Media Queries
* Selectors (:lang, :nth-child(), combinators, dynamic changes, …)
* XHTML 1.0
* CSS2 (@font-face)
* CSS2.1 (‘inline-block’, ‘pre-wrap’, parsing…)
* CSS3 Color (rgba(), hsla(), …)
* CSS3 UI (‘cursor’)
* data: URIs
* SVG (SVG Animation, SVG Fonts, …)

Most of those are covered under ACID2 tests and the rest are not finalized and subject to change completely.

GreyWolf said,

Most of those are covered under ACID2 tests and the rest are not finalized and subject to change completely.


No, Acid3 is not based on stuff that is likely to be subject to big changes. It is also not a repetition of Acid2. If it were, it would be a waste of a test, as the browser would have already had it checked in Acid2.

Hmm is there any way to stop it grouping tabs together? I'm used to new tabs opening at the end of the tab bar, not beside the tab I'm currently in.

Updated earlier. No problems except I lost a couple of addons. CustomizeGoogle was one but it seems to have been replaced by OptimizeGoogle which is supported. Just waiting for gTranslate to get updated.

Personas are quite cool and there's already lots to pick from.

protocol7 said,
Updated earlier. No problems except I lost a couple of addons. CustomizeGoogle was one but it seems to have been replaced by OptimizeGoogle which is supported. Just waiting for gTranslate to get updated.

Thanks for that ... I just switched to OG. :)