Firefox 7.0 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:

  • Drastically improved memory use
  • Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
  • Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
  • Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
  • Added support for the Web Timing specification
  • Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox. This can be enabled by installing an add-on
  • Fixed several stability issues

Download: Firefox 7.0 Beta 1 | ~14 MB (Freeware)
View: Release Notes | Firefox Future Releases Website

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Xero said,
All these major versions are driving me nuts.

You are driving yourself nuts, just ignore the version number. With this release cycle there isn't any "major" or "minor" versions, so you are just contriving things labeling them as so.

ViperAFK said,

You are driving yourself nuts, just ignore the version number. With this release cycle there isn't any "major" or "minor" versions, so you are just contriving things labeling them as so.
That has nothing to do with it. I use several scripts for targeting browsers to fix how it renders. All these rapid-fire updates cause those plugins to stop working. It's annoying having to rewrite your scripts to accept another browser version. Firefox 5 was released 2 months ago.

Besides, whats the benefit of blurring the lines between major and minor updates? This isn't a race, bigger isn't better.

Xero said,
That has nothing to do with it. I use several scripts for targeting browsers to fix how it renders. All these rapid-fire updates cause those plugins to stop working. It's annoying having to rewrite your scripts to accept another browser version. Firefox 5 was released 2 months ago.

Besides, whats the benefit of blurring the lines between major and minor updates? This isn't a race, bigger isn't better.

Use the Gecko version in the agent string, not the Firefox version. That is what matters anyway when it comes to rendering....

It has best NOT be an automatic download and install. I'm tired of having to mess around getting FireFox to work, have Mozilla "update" it, then repeat the process all over again. All because of some dubious improvements. Their "testing in production" philosophy is not nice to users.

This is in my opinion the most interesting release of Firefox since they moved to the accelerated schedule. Due to the memory improvements and the Firefox Sync improvements. I think I'll jump onto the beta channel to check this one out and compare browsers a bit.

Edit: And yes, Firefox 8 has even further improvements to memory management, although perhaps not as drastic as in this release.

Drastically improved memory usage? I really wish I had this a year ago before I got 8 gigs ram for my laptop and desktop... doesn't really matter now but still nice.

NyaR said,
Drastically improved memory usage? I really wish I had this a year ago before I got 8 gigs ram for my laptop and desktop... doesn't really matter now but still nice.

that claim is true. it's significantly reduced RAM use vs Firefox 4/5/6. when i was using it would typically float around 200MB-300MB (or a little over) after hours of use after you opened and closed a lot of random sites and with many tabs open.

but at this point i just kept with the Aurora channel which has Firefox 8 and is further improved over Firefox 7.