Firefox 3.6 release candidate one available

Firefox, as you'll know, is one of the world's most popular browsers. Developed by Mozilla, it does very well for a browser that has to compete against those from massive corporations, such as Apple, Microsoft and Google. Now, a release candidate for version 3.6 has become available.

The new version of Firefox packs some very welcome improvements; a list of changes can be found below, courtesy of Mozilla's blog.

  • Users can change the browser's appearance with a single click using Personas.
  • Firefox 3.6 alerts users about out of date plugins to keep them safe.
  • Changes to how third-party software integrates with Firefox to increase stability.
  • Improved automatic form fill provides better options from your form history.
  • Open, native video can now be displayed full screen, and supports poster frames.
  • Support for the WOFF font format.
  • Improved javascript performance, overall browser responsiveness and startup time.
  • The ability to run scripts asynchronously to speed up page load times.
  • Support for the HTML5 File API
  • Support for new CSS, DOM and HTML5 web technologies.
If you were already using a beta of Firefox 3.6, you needn't do anything more, as you will be able to get updated to this version automatically, if you haven't been already (you can do so by selecting 'Check for Updates' in the browser's menu). However, if you aren't using the new version though would like to, we've included download links below for your appropriate operating system.

Download: Firefox 3.6 RC1 (Windows)
Download: Firefox 3.6 RC1 (Mac OS X)
Download: Firefox 3.6 RC1 (Linux)

If you require the download in any other language other than U.S. English, you can obtain it from Mozilla's download page. Let us know what you think!

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The bookmark sync is a must have (similar to when tabs came out). I don't think I'll return to Firefox unless it has this feature. Chrome is ahead IMO.

Anyone notice how when closing the browser, it sometimes takes seemingly forever to close or a few minutes? Like after you close the browser, firefox.exe doesn't close till after awhile so most of the time I have to end process the thing to start it again. I even did a fresh install with all the extensions re-added adn still same issue. At first I thought it was old settings not working with the new 3.6 but it started happening after 3.6 Beta 3. 4-5 + RC1 still have this issue and I don't know what they changed to make this mess.

Owenw said,
I still don't get why these features couldn't just wait till 4.0

because there has to be something to be released, so to stay in the news and not disappear under Chrome's and Opera's performance and more significant advances.

Owenw said,
I still don't get why these features couldn't just wait till 4.0

Because what would be the point of waiting?

thartist said,
because there has to be something to be released, so to stay in the news and not disappear under Chrome's and Opera's performance and more significant advances.

Wow, you don't sound bitter or biased at all. Maybe, just maybe, they want to ... I don't know ... release software updates once in a while?

Im looking forward to this release because im on the fence right now with firefox, and the extra boost in speed will fix that

# Users can change the browser's appearance with a single click using Personas.
# Firefox 3.6 alerts users about out of date plugins to keep them safe.

How is this any different from what we already have?

agreenbhm said,

How is this any different from what we already have?


Personas don't require a restart and are a little different to the theme addons out there. They're most similar to Chrome's background galleries.

Plugins (not the same as extensions) previously had no update-related mechanics. Stuff like Flash, map plugins, etc.

Oh noes! my IE Tab doesn't work!

Also, for some reason I can't login to my companies intranet anymore. Just doesn't authenticate.

l33txp said,
How often do they make a RC1 a final build? Or does their development still have more steps?

If nothing major pops up, the RC becomes final - unless they already have more RC builds planned.

So, check a roadmap somewhere. If there is no RC2, RC3, etc listed, then RC1 could become final (but not likely).

It would be nice if you could set it to notify of a FF update once your plugins were compatible with the latest version.

Majesticmerc said,
He blew me away, I got to 4.0 and had to stop!

A good place to stop really, since that's what they've announced up to

Glendi said,
It'll be awesome to see version over 9000, too bad we won't be alive.

firefox will be be dead by then. 9000 years old

NO....wait...

Mozille Says;

Improved javascript performance, overall browser responsiveness and startup time.
---------------But how much??? Still it takes year 2 load compare 2 Google Chrome & Internet Explorer.

*Still it requires restart after installing addons
*Windows 7 taskbar feature doesn't seem 2 work.
*It doesn't have native bookmark sync feature like Chrome or opera have.