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Windows 7: Firefox 3.6 Final Coming Right Up

12 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 
Firefox 3.6 Final Coming Right Up

While the development of the next iteration of Firefox hasn’t really dragged for too long, with the previous version released in mid-2009, fact is that the initial availability deadline was missed by a couple of months. Still, the wait is nearly over, and the final development milestone of Firefox 3.6, codenamed Namoroka, is now on the horizon, just a few weeks away. Mozilla has of course made available for download the first Release Candidate for Firefox 3.6 at the end of the past week, and in this regard is yet to announce the general availability deadline of the final release.

The RC label is a clear indication that Mozilla is on the last stretch with the development process of Firefox 3.6. In fact, on the page housing the Firefox 3.6RC1 Test Plan, Mozilla notes, “This is the first release candidate for Firefox 3.6. Should everything run smoothly during testing this is what will be released to our users as the official version after a beta period.”

What this means is that, provided no show-stopping bugs (blockers, regression issues) are identified with the first RC Build of Firefox 3.6, Mozilla will move straight to offering the final version of the open source browser to the public. The promise is that Firefox 3.6 Final will be offered for download by the end of January 2010, and with the RC already available, Mozilla might just deliver. However, the possibility of a further delay cannot be ruled out, especially with various development milestones getting postponing repeatedly. For example, Firefox 3.6 RC was initially planned for launch in October 2009, with the final release set for November.

However, in the second half of December 2009, Mozilla only managed to ship the fifth and final Beta Build of Firefox 3.6. Still, ruling out potential blockers, Mozilla is likely to deliver Firefox 3.6 Final anywhere between one and two weeks after the RC shipps.

With Firefox 3.6 RC users will be able to customize the browser’s appearance via Personas, to seamlessly update plug-ins, and to enjoy a more stable browser that no longer allows third-party software to hook into its core. Firefox 3.6 allows open, native video to be displayed full screen, and comes with support for the WOFF font format, the HTML5 File API, and new CSS, DOM and HTML5 web technologies.

Firefox 3.6 RC1 (Release Candidate) for Windows is available for download here.
Firefox 3.6 RC1 (Release Candidate) for Mac OS X is available for download here.
Firefox 3.6 RC1 (Release Candidate) for Linux is available for download here.

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12 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Nice. Only a matter of time now.
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12 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Looking forward to it. I wish they could speed up the startup time. Seems pretty slow for me.
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12 Jan 2010   #4

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Maybe its just me but i dont care for firefox.
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12 Jan 2010   #5

7 Ultimate x64 RTM 7600.16385
 
 

Good! thanks for the information mate
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12 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 8 Pro x64 with WMC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Looking forward to it. I wish they could speed up the startup time. Seems pretty slow for me.
Yeah, startup time for FF is slow here too. I've been using the Chrome dev build, but it crashes to often.

Honestly, I don't think we'll ever see startup times improve in FF, mostly because a lot of the extensions are pretty poorly written. I'm using extensions in Chrome, and startup there is almost instantaneous. It seems FF just doesn't care about the startup time issue.
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12 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Nice...Although I think I'll hold off on upgrading till the add-ons I use with FF are supported
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12 Jan 2010   #8

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Thanks for the info..Can't wait for the release..
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12 Jan 2010   #9

7 Ultimate x64, Vista Ultimate x64, 7 Pro x64, XP Pro x86, Linux Mint Nadia Cinnamon
 
 

Sounds good - thanks for the info. I use FF almost exclusively, so this is good news.
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12 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackroseMD1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Looking forward to it. I wish they could speed up the startup time. Seems pretty slow for me.
Yeah, startup time for FF is slow here too. I've been using the Chrome dev build, but it crashes to often.

Honestly, I don't think we'll ever see startup times improve in FF, mostly because a lot of the extensions are pretty poorly written. I'm using extensions in Chrome, and startup there is almost instantaneous. It seems FF just doesn't care about the startup time issue.
I'm a devoted FF user and have been since 2004. I've recently given Google's a try and, as you say starts up almost instantaneously. I'd rather stick with FF since I like it's interface more, but damn it's slow.
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