Firefox 6.0 to ship tomorrow [Update]

Mozilla are planning to release Firefox 6.0 to the web later tomorrow, 2 months after Firefox 5.0 made it's way out of beta and a month after 5.0.1 was released in July.

Mozilla introduced two beta channels (much like that of Google Chrome) called Beta and Aurora respectively after Firefox 4.0 shipped, which has sped up their release cycle dramatically; they also have a "Nightly" channel which are development versions made available to testers without the quality assurance testing the other two channels do get. The main difference being that the beta channel can be considered a stable version of what will be the next version of Firefox, while Aurora is more of a beta version of the next release after that! Both channels will also have undergone quality assurance before being made available on the Future Releases website.

But it's all go for Mozilla at the moment, with Firefox 7.0 already in development and 8.0 on the way.

The beta channel is expected to be updated to Firefox 7 this week after 6.0 ships, and as we reported last week, from a blog post written by Nicholas Nethercote, one of Mozilla's programmers, claims that Firefox 7 will have a solution that many users of the web browser will be happy to hear. He says, "Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20 (percent) to 30 (percent) less, and sometimes as much as 50 {percent) less. In particular, Firefox 7′s memory usage will stay steady if you leave it running overnight, and it will free up more memory when you close many tabs."

But for now enjoy Firefox 6.0, which can be downloaded below. If you were wondering why you need to upgrade from Firefox 4 or 5, we can remind you that Mozilla have also fast tracked dropping their support for older browsers, with 4.0 already laid to rest.

Changelog:

The latest version of Firefox has the following changes:

  • The address bar now highlights the domain of the website you're visiting
  • Streamlined the look of the site identity block
  • Added support for the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API
  • Added support for EventSource / server-sent events
  • Added support for window.matchMedia
  • Added Scratchpad, an interactive JavaScript prototyping environment
  • Added a new Web Developer menu item and moved development-related items into it
  • Improved usability of the Web Console
  • Improved the discoverability of Firefox Sync
  • Reduced browser startup time when using Panorama

Please see the complete list of changes in this version. You may also be interested in the list of changes in the previous version.

Download: Firefox 6.0 for Windows | 13.1 MB or Firefox 6.0 for Mac OS X | 28 MB
Download: For other Systems & Languages (Live on 16 Aug)
View: Release Notes

Update: Apologies, the update will in-fact officially ship tomorrow, not today as we previously reported!

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Finally they released it, let's find what's new in that new release, I love FF, but knowing how much ram it eat, I hate it, but unfortunately, it is my favourite browser

For other languages download, take this URL http://download.mozilla.org/?p...0&os=win&lang=en-US and change the en-US with your native language (the ones that are supported by Mozilla)

For the French version, use this URL http://download.mozilla.org/?p...-6.0&os=win&lang=fr
http://download.mozilla.org/?p...-6.0&os=win&lang=ja for the Japanese version and so forth.

ThePitt said,
wow thats a big changelog. not!

Well, at least it has a changelog... When they announced they were following Chrome's release schedule a bit I was worried all they would be doing in some versions would be changing the release version... Being a Chrome user as well, I often find no difference whatsoever between releases...

ThePitt said,
wow thats a big changelog. not!
So I guess you didn't bother looking at the full changelog then.

For both Chrome and Firefox, the changes are smaller, more gradual - but that doesn't mean the pace of change is slower.

Google, fix your bookmarks bar and I'm leaving Firefox. Please?

I'm staying on 5.x until the auto-update forces me or something, I can't have all my addons disabled... again.

Tpiom said,
I'm staying on 5.x until the auto-update forces me or something, I can't have all my addons disabled... again.

Install Nightly Tester Tools and it'll never happen again, even across major version number updates. Takes all of three seconds.

When will they finally fix the memory leaks that have existed since Firefox original betas.
I guess it is progress that after 7 years they finally acknowledge the problem
I gave up forever about 2 years ago.
IE and chrome are all anybody needs.

Two days ago: http://www.neowin.net/news/fir...h-as-50-percent-less-memory

And obviously the 'memory leaks' haven't existed since the betas. It would be near impossible for anything from then to have lasted to today given the amount of code revisions since then. Also, it was based on Netscape, so harkening back to the betas as if it must have all started then is silly.

No, they haven't 'finally acknowledged' the problem. There's always ways of improving memory usage, and they have always been worked on. There's just a current organised push in that direction.

wmacdona said,
When will they finally fix the memory leaks that have existed since Firefox original betas.
I guess it is progress that after 7 years they finally acknowledge the problem
I gave up forever about 2 years ago.
IE and chrome are all anybody needs.

memory leak cure = Firefox 7 (this is not BS, it's true as i am running Aurora builds and there is a clear difference)

ThaCrip said,

memory leak cure = Firefox 7 (this is not BS, it's true as i am running Aurora builds and there is a clear difference)

and it is more evident running nightly!

Well, (Firefox 6), the about:permissions, considering you have a heavy set of permissions installed, is more than problematic (here anyway) because of the time it takes, even almost froze the GUI here (script was on its trip).

I believe they've got plans to make it load more asynchronously. Long permissions lists suggest Spybot-like additions? They really aren't that useful beyond hosts file editing.

Kirkburn said,
I believe they've got plans to make it load more asynchronously. Long permissions lists suggest Spybot-like additions? They really aren't that useful beyond hosts file editing.

Right. Spybot and Javacool's SpywareBlaster. Old school, I've kept these two since always, but with a consistent HOSTS file and AdBlock Plus, not sure the weight is worth the money

I haven't used Firefox for a while. I noticed that text is a bit blurred comparing to other native Windows application. Anyone?

sopharine said,
I haven't used Firefox for a while. I noticed that text is a bit blurred comparing to other native Windows application. Anyone?
Well, I have beta, and I see that the text is a bit 'pixelated'. By that I mean, not very detailed. But since they call it a beta, it's not much of an issue.

TRC said,

What is the point of a 64-bit browser?

should be better performance but like i say i would not be surprised if 64bit takes a while to fine tune as if i recall correctly 64bit was basically worse than the 32bit versions which i think is due to lack of polish in the code.

but we will just sit back and wait it out as overall unless they get a decent increase in performance i most likely won't even care to use 64bit browser.

ThaCrip, if the 64 bit version wasn't 'worse', it would already be out Yes, stuff has to be recoded and bug fixed to work in 64 bit.

The eventual result should be future proofing and in certain areas improved performance, but right now it wouldn't have a big effect.

I just wish the about box for those running the Beta channel would show exactly which version of Firefox I'm running. Since the first beta with 6, it has always just said Firefox 6.0, with no indication as to whether it was a beta build or not. I realize that it will automatically update it to the final product when released, but it would still be nice to know that information straight from the About box.

devHead said,
I just wish the about box for those running the Beta channel would show exactly which version of Firefox I'm running.

Type "about:buildconfig" and press the first link. There you can find which version exactly you're running. If you were on beta 5, for instance, there would say "Firefox_Beta 5" etc

They're getting rid of the old system, since the new release cycle came, but for practical purposes, still you can find what exactly is going on.

So does Firefox 6 get rid of the ulgy, and way too big Firefox button? Has it been moved to a not-so-completely stupid location in the window?

spacer said,
So does Firefox 6 get rid of the ulgy, and way too big Firefox button? Has it been moved to a not-so-completely stupid location in the window?

There are addons fixing this "issue" since firefox 4 beta ...

FMH said,
But I download all the browsers out there( severe case of browser fetish->SCoBF ). But use IE9.

I download a lot as well. Firefox is my preferred main browser with Chrome being for quick browsing...

KavazovAngel said,
Who cares about the number, really?

More so the clueless users... A lot of non techie people seem to think that it's better if it's got a higher version number than its competition... Which we of course know is nonsense...

While there have been so many discussions, thoughts put into....for and against the new version system, I only amuse myself thinking, may be in 2-3 years, we might even see Firefox 30 being released!! and that excites me...lol!

Funny, after installing Firefox 6 from the link provided in the article, the welcome page says "Welcome to Firefox 6 Beta", whereas the Help -> About just says 6.0. Maybe they haven't updated the welcome page yet.

Odom said,
Funny, after installing Firefox 6 from the link provided in the article, the welcome page says "Welcome to Firefox 6 Beta", whereas the Help -> About just says 6.0. Maybe they haven't updated the welcome page yet.

It however says that it's on the release channel, so it is the actual release version with no further changes.

They haven't changed the welcome page, that's all.

Meph said,
I can't wait to start using Firefox 8 on Aurora in a couple of days.
Plus one. I really want to see some major UI strides. Has anyone seen the Google's work on Google Canary? Amazing.

Meph said,
I can't wait to start using Firefox 8 on Aurora in a couple of days.

I am hoping that this Aurora release will finally have 64 bit support given how much it has improved in the nightly with Firefox 8.

Zagadka said,
Now the annoying period of waiting for Firefox's main advantage of addons to be updated...

i would just disable add-on checking.

"extensions.checkCompatibility.6.0" (set to false in "about:config") ... just create a new boolean and do that for Firefox 6 and then it won't check your extensions.

p.s. i been using that for Firefox 7 (in Aurora channel for about a month+ now) except i did "extensions.checkCompatibility.7.0a" so my extensions still work.

ThaCrip said,
extensions.checkCompatibility.6.0

The Nightly Tester Tools addon is another option, just install it and forget it. A couple of my addons officially don't even support v4 but still work just fine in v7.

Zagadka said,
Now the annoying period of waiting for Firefox's main advantage of addons to be updated...

Yeah, but hopefully the new Addon system will fix this when Mozilla finally finishes it. I was hoping we'd see the new system by now.

They are already bumping compatibility of safe addons, which is a large portion. They're working on the details of a more efficient system, whatever that may be.

Kirkburn said,
I suggest using the Addon Compatibility Reporter: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...-on-compatibility-reporter/ (it lets you report problems *and* set all addons enabled)

Most addons will be updated already anyway.

i am sure that's a good option. i just prefer to avoid any unnecessary add-on/extensions as i figure in general the more extensions you use the more potential problems could arise in Firefox and possibly making the browser slower etc.

so i try to keep my extensions to a minimum and only install what i absolutely need. ( i basically only have 4 extensions installed myself (would be 5 if i had 'adblock plus' installed but since i got AD-Muncher (which is not free but it's THE BEST when it comes to blocking popups/adverts) i don't really need it. plus i got a 'hosts' file installed (i.e. http://goo.gl/xtCdi ) on Windows which already blocks a lot of random junk and that works on all browsers.))

ACR is an official addon that just enables addons not flagged for that version, and adds a button to let you easily send a note to the developer that it is or isn't working.