Firefox 6.0 Beta 1

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:

  • Add-ons Manager with Plugin Check: Check that your plugins are up-to-date directly from the Add-ons Manager
  • Improved Panorama Groups: Reduces browser startup time by only loading saved tab groups when you use Panorama
  • Improved Address Bar: Highlights the domain name of the website you’re visiting to make it easy to identify where you are online
  • Streamlined site identity block
  • The Scratchpad: Quickly build and test JavaScript snippets in the browser
  • Support for Web Sockets with a prefixed API
  • Moveable Web Console
  • New Web developer-specific menu
  • Window.matchMedia API
  • Support for server-sent events

Download: Firefox 6.0 Beta 1 | 14 MB (Freeware)
View: Release Notes | Firefox Future Releases Website

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I have been a firefox user for years and I switched to google chrome now. The v5 sucks!! It doesnt seem to be playing nice with flash video.

thnok said,
I have been a firefox user for years and I switched to google chrome now. The v5 sucks!! It doesnt seem to be playing nice with flash video.

Yes. This will be fixed in Firefox 12, due for release next month.

scaramonga said,

Yes. This will be fixed in Firefox 12, due for release next month.


It was working fine with Firefox 4 though

thnok said,
I have been a firefox user for years and I switched to google chrome now. The v5 sucks!! It doesnt seem to be playing nice with flash video.

really? , i have no issues on youtube with Firefox 5 and newest Flash which is v10.3.181.34

newest flash here for Firefox... http://goo.gl/vf4Z

Edited by ThaCrip, Jul 11 2011, 6:27pm :

Did they change the bookmark menu? "Show All Bookmarks" is at the top now instead of "Bookmark this Page" and I keep hitting it by mistake. Really annoying. I know I could just use CTRL-D but old habits are hard to break.

firefox 5 keeps slowing my comptuer to a crawl. tried erasing my profile and everything. nothing seems to help

jackkk1 said,
Since i discovered google chrome, i don't use this memory hogging piece of sh......software.

Strangely enough Chrome tends to use more memory than Firefox...

Max Norris said,

Strangely enough Chrome tends to use more memory than Firefox...

When opened 10+ tabs for at least 30min. than firefox is the one who starts to slow down.

Max Norris said,

Strangely enough Chrome tends to use more memory than Firefox...

It may use more at times but overall Firefox does appear to get slow and start hogging all the RAM after some time. I cannot use Firefox anymore. It use to be great but now its not that great compared to alternatives such as Google Chrome/Chromium.

jackkk1 said,
When opened 10+ tabs for at least 30min. than firefox is the one who starts to slow down.

Can't speak for everybody, but haven't seen it do that since an old version 3 build. Using Aurora v7 myself and the only time it gets closed is once per day for the daily update, and it's definitely smoking Chromium in usability. That's assuming it's not a buggy addon of course, any browser can leak that way.

Max Norris said,

Can't speak for everybody, but haven't seen it do that since an old version 3 build.

I can only speak for myself, but I absolutely have to restart FF at least once a day because it's memory usage just gets stupid. I frequently see it using 1GB+ of RAM with just a handful of pages open. The memory usage just goes up and up and never gets released even if you close the tabs.

Slugsie said,

I can only speak for myself, but I absolutely have to restart FF at least once a day because it's memory usage just gets stupid. I frequently see it using 1GB+ of RAM with just a handful of pages open. The memory usage just goes up and up and never gets released even if you close the tabs.

while i agree it's memory usage does increase over time with random opening and closing of tabs it's overall memory use is better than Chrome. i think this is common knowledge.

but i also agree that it don't seem to free up the ram as like i was saying it slowly but surely increases to more and more RAM the more you use it without a restart of the browser which is why i typically restart it about 1 to 2 times a day.

Version 6? With no game changing differences, this numbering is getting ridiculous when it could just as easily be 4.3 or 4.4.

Zoom7000 said,
Version 6? With no game changing differences, this numbering is getting ridiculous when it could just as easily be 4.3 or 4.4.

Oh, gee. Another one of these posts.

The new cycle is much better. More consistent releases, features get to the users faster, and channels streamline testing.

I REALLY don't get all the unwarranted hate for the new release cycle.

afiak mozilla did debate naming the releases like 4.x, but they didn't feel it was worth debating what constituted a "major" release every time, and just went with simply upping it by one. Its not a big deal unless you make it out to be, its a number.

ViperAFK said,
The new cycle is much better. More consistent releases, features get to the users faster, and channels streamline testing.

I REALLY don't get all the unwarranted hate for the new release cycle.

i am sure there is no hate. it's just for what little there is that's improved a whole version number seems a bit much as most program usually only leap version numbers (i.e. 1 to 2 or 2 to 3 and so on) when it's been a while.

because back when we got version 4 that was a big leap over v3.x so it was normal to do what it did. now with v5 and v6 it's mostly small upgrades over v4. so a v4.1(FF5) to v4.2(FF6) is probably what they should do for those small (performance) upgrades.

so don't get me wrong i am all for quicker releases with less in them than waiting 6months to a year or more before a big release.

ThaCrip said,
i am sure there is no hate. it's just for what little there is that's improved a whole version number seems a bit much as most program usually only leap version numbers (i.e. 1 to 2 or 2 to 3 and so on) when it's been a while. because back when we got version 4 that was a big leap over v3.x so it was normal to do what it did. now with v5 and v6 it's mostly small upgrades over v4. so a v4.1(FF5) to v4.2(FF6) is probably what they should do for those small (performance) upgrades. so don't get me wrong i am all for quicker releases with less in them than waiting 6months to a year or more before a big release.

+1. The numbers do have significance and change from 4 to 5 or 5 to 6 should accompany MAJOR changes. I don't see any major changes. All I can see is a mindless chrome copycat. But nevertheless FF will be my #1 choice.

sweetsam said,

+1. The numbers do have significance and change from 4 to 5 or 5 to 6 should accompany MAJOR changes. I don't see any major changes. All I can see is a mindless chrome copycat. But nevertheless FF will be my #1 choice.

They are doing this to make themselves look more productive than what they really are. Example (OMG They are up to version 6 !! Ummm, no they aren't. All they got out the door was version 4.5 they just call it 6 to make it look more impressive than what it really is)

ThaCrip said,

i am sure there is no hate. it's just for what little there is that's improved a whole version number seems a bit much as most program usually only leap version numbers (i.e. 1 to 2 or 2 to 3 and so on) when it's been a while.

because back when we got version 4 that was a big leap over v3.x so it was normal to do what it did. now with v5 and v6 it's mostly small upgrades over v4. so a v4.1(FF5) to v4.2(FF6) is probably what they should do for those small (performance) upgrades.

so don't get me wrong i am all for quicker releases with less in them than waiting 6months to a year or more before a big release.


The problem is you are trying to apply the old numbering system to the new one. They are totally different. Firefox now uses a totally different numbering system. Now every stable release simply goes up one, they don't number their versions according to how big the changes are. before only major releases went up a whole version number. Thats not the way it works now, so people need to stop applying the old cycle to the new one.

ViperAFK said,

The problem is you are trying to apply the old numbering system to the new one. They are totally different. Firefox now uses a totally different numbering system. Now every stable release simply goes up one, they don't number their versions according to how big the changes are. before only major releases went up a whole version number. Thats not the way it works now, so people need to stop applying the old cycle to the new one.

sure, it's not the way it works now but software in general seems to be like that which is why i said what i said

because FF4 to FF5 to FF6 are basically fairly minor changes. hence, full version numbers seem to be to much.

because i think they would be more like going from 4 to 4.1 (FF5) to 4.2(FF6) for these 3month upgrades and for bug fixes/security flaws etc in between those times they could just do... 4.1.1 to 4.1.2 and so on.

plus what makes their current system worse is it breaks extensions with people.

Edited by ThaCrip, Jul 10 2011, 9:18pm :

warwagon said,

They are doing this to make themselves look more productive than what they really are. Example (OMG They are up to version 6 !! Ummm, no they aren't. All they got out the door was version 4.5 they just call it 6 to make it look more impressive than what it really is)

I agree with that. Whatever the deal is, people STILL shouldn't get hung up on a number. It can be whatever they WANT it to be, they don't need people to agree with their methods.

I will say though that if it's NOT a major release, it shouldn't be a big deal, but they MUST look like they are not sitting still, so even if the changes are not monumental or warrant a NEW number system, it STILL must make Firefox look like they are not going to let Chrome eat their lunch.

We should not be debating the number system, or 4.x or 6.x or why they chose what they are doing.. it's a NEW beta, and we should be discussing the features, not getting into a debate over standards.

By the time it's all said and done they will probably change the name to Firefox 2011 (which to me is HOW we really know what's going on).

I agree that this really has got out of hand. Previously I would download to see whats new. Since 4.0 though I haven't been following since nothing new came with 5.0 and now the same with 6.0. Sorry Mozilla, you lost one of your fans

ThaCrip said,

sure, it's not the way it works now but software in general seems to be like that which is why i said what i said

because FF4 to FF5 to FF6 are basically fairly minor changes. hence, full version numbers seem to be to much.

because i think they would be more like going from 4 to 4.1 (FF5) to 4.2(FF6) for these 3month upgrades and for bug fixes/security flaws etc in between those times they could just do... 4.1.1 to 4.1.2 and so on.

plus what makes their current system worse is it breaks extensions with people.

Paradigms change. The web is rapidly evolving, and this development model is far more suited to this. Both google and firefox want end users to get new features faster such as new html5/css goodies, so they can use these features themselves.

Long releases just don't make sense anymore (besides enterprise). I wish Internet Explorer would release more rapidly as well.

SK[ said,]I agree that this really has got out of hand. Previously I would download to see whats new. Since 4.0 though I haven't been following since nothing new came with 5.0 and now the same with 6.0. Sorry Mozilla, you lost one of your fans

New features are there with both firefox 5 and 6, just not as many new features per release. Why do people feel that they can only be satisfied with software if they wait longer to release and cram all the features in huge point releases? I'd much rather get them faster. The releases may not be as "exciting" but the features are most certainly still rolling in.

Zoom7000 said,
Version 6? With no game changing differences, this numbering is getting ridiculous when it could just as easily be 4.3 or 4.4.

why do you care so god damn much if the browser is working?

TRC said,
In about:config change "browser.urlbar.formatting.enabled" to False to turn off the domain highlighting.

it has been there since ff3. it was turned off by default. now it turns on by default. big deal.


Check that your plugins are up-to-date directly from the Add-ons Manager
it's been there since ff1. just added menu item - check for updates. big deal.


New Web developer-specific menu
such a noticeable change. there is no new menu. just slightly remixed items. it's a matter of 20-30 seconds.