Firefox 9.0 Beta 1

Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. Firefox includes pop-up blocking, tab-browsing, integrated Google search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online.

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.

Download: Firefox 9.0 Beta 1 for Windows | 15 MB (Freeware)
Download: Firefox 9.0 Beta 1 for Linux | 17 MB
Download: Firefox 9.0 Beta 1 for MacOS | 31 MB
View: Firefox Website | 9.0 Beta 1 Changelog | (not yet released)

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Echo was rjjp said. I learned to love Chrome and use it 99% of the time. I get the occasional crash and switch to Firefox. I wonder why IE gets a b ad rap. Just nobody wants to use MS's browser?

I have to admit for everything we do on the Internet, I see why people like Firefox.. I get it. I love Chrome.. but I keep both, because there are some things Chrome will not do (either because people don't make their apps fully compatible, or other reasons).

IE certainly isn't on the same level as either, Chrome is very nice, fast. Firefox is like the Linux of Browsers, it's not for everyone, but it will get the job done and you can tweak it.. I see the appeal.

Especially with the new nightly builds and latest versions.. Firefox is nice. I still like Chrome (but that's MY preference).

I'm using the Beta channel as my default browser. Never had a single problem. I also play with Nightlies x86 & x64.

This version is stable as rock and a bit faster. Nice.

People who report "no differences" at all, are simply wrong. The job in the background and the countless simple bug-fixes we get, is the reason why Fx is working seamlessly on every web page, always. That's the reason why Fx is coming first on sites-compatibility.

Why are you all trolling?? If you don't know , let me tell you , Firefox is now working on faster release schedule without following their dot(.) releases policy. After every 6 weeks u get a new Firefox version which is faster than previous one (20% generally) , having VERY MINUTE visual changes and with many bugfixes which earlier used to land after months in which other browsers would have taken a lot of pace and gained more audience...

Seriously i still don;t see any great visual change between Chrome 17 and Chrome 8 , prior to that they had that old theme which they greyified , THAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHANGE IN THEIR UI I EVER SAW!! SO STOP COMPLAINING!

So far each version of Firefox after 4 has been slightly faster/snappier than the previous version. Chrome, not so much on the other hand.

bogas04 said,
Why are you all trolling?? If you don't know , let me tell you , Firefox is now working on faster release schedule without following their dot(.) releases policy. After every 6 weeks u get a new Firefox version which is faster than previous one (20% generally) , having VERY MINUTE visual changes and with many bugfixes which earlier used to land after months in which other browsers would have taken a lot of pace and gained more audience...

Seriously i still don;t see any great visual change between Chrome 17 and Chrome 8 , prior to that they had that old theme which they greyified , THAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHANGE IN THEIR UI I EVER SAW!! SO STOP COMPLAINING!


Wow! Someone who get it! It did take reading almost to the bottom of the thread though. This is ridiculous. That people rather want to wait a year for Mozilla to "collect" an arbitrary number of features geared for some giant release than having all of that release's features earlier as they're completed is beyond me. Oh, but the version number grows so big? Yes. So? Is the version number your baby to care for? Does your ADHD make you grow anxious as the auto-update process starts every other month?

2xSilverKnight said,
People are ****ing whiners. Stays in your damn cave trolls

This is worse than complaints against Chrome version number increases.

There are no visible changes, unless you develop, yet I can't help myself I have to get the NEWEST version even though nothing "seems" to change....

ver 8 -

The latest version of Firefox has the following changes:

Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
Added Twitter to the search bar for select locales. Additional locale support will be added in the future
Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
Improved performance and memory handling when using <audio> and <video> elements
Added CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL
Added support for HTML5 context menus
Added support for insertAdjacentHTML
Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages
Improved WebSocket support
Fixed several stability issues
Fixed several security issues

ver 9-

What's New in Firefox Beta
The latest version of Firefox Beta has the following changes:

Added Type Inference, significantly improving JavaScript performance
Improved theme integration for Mac OS X Lion
Added two finger swipe navigation for Mac OS X Lion
Added support for querying Do Not Track status via JavaScript
Added support for font-stretch
Improved support for text-overflow
Improved standards support for HTML5, MathML, and CSS
Fixed several stability issues

rijp said,
There are no visible changes, unless you develop, yet I can't help myself I have to...issues

***Added Type Inference, significantly improving JavaScript performance
This DEFINITELY is a great change which will make firefox visually faster.
***Improved theme integration for Mac OS X Lion
Again , it is important for Lion users...

If there is a shouting style that Mozilla should copy Steve Ballmer, it would be
MEMORY HOG, MEMORY HOG, MEMORY HOG

Seriously, the Firefox memory usage on Mac is horrendous, raising up to 3 gig in memory footprint by having just 5 tabs + Firebug. I would be happy if they focus just on memory leaks for Version 9

ThunderRiver said,
If there is a shouting style that Mozilla should copy Steve Ballmer, it would be
MEMORY HOG, MEMORY HOG, MEMORY HOG

Seriously, the Firefox memory usage on Mac is horrendous, raising up to 3 gig in memory footprint by having just 5 tabs + Firebug. I would be happy if they focus just on memory leaks for Version 9

Dear ThunderRiver
Firefox is not a memory hog , it is often the addons which you use which cause increased Memory Footprint. For a while , disable firebug and then see how much ram Firefox uses. For more details about such addons , see http://kb.mozillazine.org/Problematic_extensions

Agreed. Firefox is nowadays performing better than Chrome, memory-wise. Since Firefox 7, there's no major memory issues anymore. At least not if you still compare it to Chrome and Opera. Check your extensions, as suggested above.

sopharine said,
Still no new interface.

how many interface changes can they make, really ? Its only a window with a few buttons in it and some tabs and they support themes for changing the look so what exactly are you looking for when you ask for interface changes?

I personally like the look of FF especially better than IE with its back button cut in half (I hate IE's half back button, it irks me so much that I can't stand using the browser)

sopharine said,
Still no new interface.

Why do you need a new interface? It's not like they announced anything new, and that something is delayed. It wasn't even a year ago since they updated it. There's more to a browser than an interface. Chrome hasn't had a major interface update since Chrome 1.

Why people don't complain like this in every version of Chrome? It's in version 15 and still has the same lame interface as version 1...

SQ1 said,
Why people don't complain like this in every version of Chrome? It's in version 15 and still has the same lame interface as version 1...

I find it just as ridiculous there...

I guess the thing is Chrome doesn't get the same amount of coverage on new major (*COUGH*) builds...
So there is less places where complaints can go to...
Oh and Firefox just introduced this ridiculous scheme after they even claimed to do LESS major jumps.
http://www.neowin.net/news/moz...7-from-development-schedule

So yeah, there you have your reasons.

GS:mac

SQ1 said,
Why people don't complain like this in every version of Chrome? It's in version 15 and still has the same lame interface as version 1...

It's actually version 17.. but I toggle between Firefox and chrome, both have advantages and disadvantages, it's all preference.

Glassed Silver said,

I find it just as ridiculous there...

Why is it ridiculous?

Let me tell you what's ridiculous. Arbitrary "feature releases" that make you wait for some minor detail to be fixed just because they wanted some huge feature to be completed first. So that a minor bug fix forces you to wait a whole year because of features you may not even care much for. That's ridiculous, and what this release schedule aims to avoid.

But this simple fact never seem to sink in, so why do I even bother anymore?

Northgrove said,

Why is it ridiculous?

Let me tell you what's ridiculous. Arbitrary "feature releases" that make you wait for some minor detail to be fixed just because they wanted some huge feature to be completed first. So that a minor bug fix forces you to wait a whole year because of features you may not even care much for. That's ridiculous, and what this release schedule aims to avoid.

But this simple fact never seem to sink in, so why do I even bother anymore?

Must be tough using .x increments there...

GS:mac

Seriously? Version 8 just come out of beta and they have 9 beta already? I'm using 8 right now and liking it but am torn on whether or not I like Chrome better.

patseguin said,
Seriously? Version 8 just come out of beta and they have 9 beta already? I'm using 8 right now and liking it but am torn on whether or not I like Chrome better.

That's how it works. The point is to release a new beta once the final is out. This is also how Chrome works. Soon after a final release, the beta channel is updated. And this schedule is slower than Chrome's, so if this is big concern for you, Chrome certainly doesn't help.

This is just stupid, dont those idiots know if they ever want their freaking browser to be used more they need to slow down all these versions. No corperate admin is going to want to test a new version ever 2 days. This is going to push more folks to other browsers in the long run.

Gotenks98 said,
No corperate admin is going to want to test a new version ever 2 days. This is going to push more folks to other browsers in the long run.

Any admin with half a clue would know that nobody's forcing them to upgrade from whatever version they're currently using, and update notifications can be disabled. Don't want the latest build? Don't use it, the internet won't break if you don't upgrade.

Max Norris said,

Any admin with half a clue would know that nobody's forcing them to upgrade from whatever version they're currently using, and update notifications can be disabled. Don't want the latest build? Don't use it, the internet won't break if you don't upgrade.

And any admin with quarter of a clue knows that browsers need regular security patches. Mozilla are using major version upgrades to rollup security updates. How many point releases did v8 get? 1?

Gotenks98 said,
This is just stupid, dont those idiots know if they ever want their freaking browser to be used more they need to slow down all these versions. No corperate admin is going to want to test a new version ever 2 days. This is going to push more folks to other browsers in the long run.

Why would people use a browser less if it's kept better up to date with the most recent developments? It's not as if these updates aren't automated and pretty much painless.

Also, yes, security updates are also part of these releases, so you can consider them part security updates, and part incremental feature updates.

I swear it was only yesterday that Firefox prompted me to upgrade to version 8 - which I didn't even know existed. I can't even see any differences.

strange, did not install overtop of my 8 beta it installed as a new version. suppose i will just wait for the beta channel to update on its own then.

cleverclogs said,
SO. MANY. VERSIONS!
Ridonculous!

Yea and I also liked the generic release notes they come up with every version. All appear to be almost same.

Probably they release Firefox 100 and can still use the same release notes of today.