Firefox 4 now officially released

For those who wanted to wait for the official announcement from Mozilla, they have now added it to their download site.

As promised, Mozilla has released version 4.0 of its popular browser (on time) to its official download page after two Release Candidates found their way to testers earlier this month; And Mozilla will be hoping to top their previous Guinness World Record of 8,002,530 downloads within 24 hours for Firefox 3.0, which took place in June 2008 with parties in over 25 countries.

At the time of posting Firefox 4 had been downloaded 384,614 times according to the Mozilla download page, you can also view a map of those downloads (updated real time) here, which appears to show a different number, possibly from the official announcement from Mozilla at 7am PDT.

Based on the Gecko 2.0 engine, Firefox 4 sports an all new user interface, new ways to organize tabs, a revamped add-on manager, support for HTML5 video standards, multitouch support on Windows 7 and a range of performance and security enhancements.

Mozilla has indicated a desire to move to a faster release schedule following Firefox 4, with mozilla.org co-founder and Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich telling developers that users could be running the fifth version of Firefox just months after Firefox 4 is released.

We also have an extensive topic about Firefox 4 in our forums, as well as member submitted custom styles and tweaks for the browser here.

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What I want to know is how to make the tabs smaller or as small as the ones in 3.6.* as they are a bit too big for my liking in terms of compactability if I have numerous tabs open at once.

Morisato said,
What I want to know is how to make the tabs smaller or as small as the ones in 3.6.* as they are a bit too big for my liking in terms of compactability if I have numerous tabs open at once.

There is probably a stylish script for it but I'm not an expert. But if you open enough tabs they decrease in size anyway ?

Gaffney said,

There is probably a stylish script for it but I'm not an expert. But if you open enough tabs they decrease in size anyway ?

Only the width decreases in size not the height which is a bit larger than FF3. It fits less tabs in a row for me while using TMP ext for FF4 than it does with FF3.

Chanser said,
I really don't like blurry text in Firefox 4, I know I can get rid of it by disabling hardware acceleration.

There's the addon "anti-aliasing tuner", supposed to help, but frankly I ended by disabling hardware acceleration.

Firefox borders on the sides in Windows 7 is very distracting when hovering over a link, it shifts up the colour gradient on the border because a bar at the bottom has to appear to show the URL. Hoping this gets fixed.

Salty Wagyu said,
Firefox borders on the sides in Windows 7 is very distracting when hovering over a link, it shifts up the colour gradient on the border because a bar at the bottom has to appear to show the URL. Hoping this gets fixed.

if im not wrong, only you have this problem

I'm loving it but for some reason its performance on beauty of web demos is not very impressive but then again they are there to promote ie9...

I like it. Its faster and not much different for the menu for me from before as I was using Tiny Menu. Just take a little getting used to for a couple of things, but otherwise it is very nice.

not very easy on the memory this new release.i'm seeing more than 1.5gb of ram usage which in firefox 3.6 it gets to 600-800mb with only 10 tabs

If you had firefox sync installed as a plugin , you actually need to remove it, as the functionality is built in now, and they conflict it seems.

ghostrider86 said,
7 150 268+ downloads and counting... Amazing... Someone know how many times it was downloaded in the first 24 hours?

It's already over 9.5 Million, and in about an hour or two it will probably be 10 Million.
that is a lot of downloads

Does anyone (on some forum sites) get the annoying option to leave or stay, everytime they reply to posts?? It happens on the MS forum, and its a PITA having to click on leave all the time. I dont know if its a "feature" in FF4, or the MS forum. It doesnt happen on the PCworld forum, or here

I've been generally skeptical of "alternate" browsers, and in the past I always liked IE's integration with Windows. With FF4, I'm impressed with a lot of features. I like the interface and in particular I was impressed with the way they implemented the quick switch in and out of "Private" browsing. The performance is fantastic (fastest browser I've ever seen), and I have yet to see a poorly-rendered page.

For the first time ever, I've made my default browser something other than IE.

Using it on Windows 7 x64 SP1 and Ubuntu 10.10 x64.
FireFox Sync working perfectly between the two.

GTK integration theme needs a lot of work though, no where near as polished as the Windows version.

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