Firefox 5.0 Beta 2

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

Changelog:

* Added support for CSS animations
* Added support for switching Firefox development channels
* The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
* Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance
* Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
* Improved spell checking for some locales
* Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users

Download: Firefox 5.0 Beta 2 | 13.6 MB (Freeware)
View: Firefox Future Releases Website

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* Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and *networking* performance

Networking performance hasn't changed as far as I can see. I took a peek through the about:config page and saw the same trove of options (Max Connections, Prefetching, IPv6 connectivity, etc), all set at the same previous defaults. Must be some internal code optimization somewhere (sic).

epple said,
What warrants a jump from 4 to 5? CSS animations? What?

They have moved to a faster development model, which I think is good. Less features per release, but these features and improvements get to users faster.

Firefox 3 got so outdated during ff4's development.

ViperAFK said,

They have moved to a faster development model, which I think is good. Less features per release, but these features and improvements get to users faster.

Firefox 3 got so outdated during ff4's development.

I don't get this logic, why wouldn't features get to users just as fast as if this was, say, Firefox 4.1?