Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

Summary: It seems that Mozilla has been busy seeding its FTP servers because Firefox 4 FINAL is now available for download.

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It seems that Mozilla has been busy seeding its FTP servers because Firefox 4 FINAL is now available for download.

For different versions you'll need to either wait (or know how to navigate around an FTP server (... ftp://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/4.0/ ... you didn't get this from me ... ;).

Lots of new stuff in this release, including:

  • Newly redesigned user interface
  • JaegerMonkey JavaScript engine
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Built-in sync feature
  • Support for HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL

I do need to pass on a word of caution though. This from Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's director of Firefox:

As part of Mozilla's open source process we post our builds publicly for testing and verification. These builds are part of our open development process. While we appreciate everyone's excitement about the Firefox 4 release, these builds are currently NOT FINAL, and are still going through QA testing. Firefox 4 is expected to launch tomorrow morning as the QA process is complete and the first run experience and interactive launch events are ready. In the meantime, we would prefer that people download and test the Firefox 4 release candidate from: www.mozilla.com/firefox/rc

I've downloaded and installed the code on a number of systems and it seems to me to be the final release (neither I nor my PCs have burst into flames or anything). The 'first run experience' page still says RC but that will change tomorrow.

Enjoy!

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  • Installed

    Firefox is back!
    mttsmth
  • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

    Sweet
    Li1t
  • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

    I read they made a RC 2 late Friday so did they patch that Jave bug after all and is it in the final? Or is Firefox 4.0.1 still plan to fix it?
    Randalllind
  • Thanks for the head's up

    Will look forward to giving it a spin.
    klumper
  • Please don't link to the FTP server

    Lifehacker specifically did not link to the FTP server because of the problems Mozilla faces. I humbly request that the link be removed so as to prevent Mozilla from having their servers overloaded. The FTP servers are not meant to handle such heavy load.
    achalddave
  • I will wait for an update; 4b10 was so bad in stablity and crashed so much

    That I am not sure they could actually really improve after only three releases.
    DDERSSS
  • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

    Just as I thought it would be... It's nice, but it's still very rough around the edges on Windows 7, as compared with IE9 or Chrome. C'mon Mozilla. You can do much better. :(

    I really think it's time for Mozilla to move on and re-do the browser with Windows 7 and 8 front and center in the design process. Look what it did for IE9. Microsoft has a bang up browser there, and one that has me going back to IE.
    I think Windows XP users will be fine with Firefox 4, but Windows XP is dead, and I don't think it is fair to continue developing web browsers with XP users front and center in the design process. It's time to cut out the legacy, XP era crap and move forward.
    Otherwsie, I have a feeling Mozilla will be left behind too, trying to cater to a dead market.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 Couldn't resist a "windows XP is dead" zinger, could you? Even though all the statistics show otherwise, even though businesses are still overwhelmingly running XP Pro?

      Only dead in your mind. Those of us who have to work in these environments know better.
      Captiosus
      • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

        @Captiosus

        What can I say. I despise the OS. XP is holding back computing more than you know.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 Firefox has go,with what there users are doing. If a lot of users were still using Windows ME Firefox would have make it work for them.
      edkollin
  • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

    Oh really? Another reinvented wheel that's actually slower than the others?

    I better get on my computer and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....
    tonymcs1
    • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

      @tonymcs@...

      Its slower why are you so concerned, it works for others.
      Don't worry all will be okay, life goes on.
      daikon
  • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

    Seems to be working fine.
    I'll have to test it out a bit.
    MoeFugger
  • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

    still no sandbox? no thanks am sticking with Chrome
    shellcodes_coder
    • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

      @shellcodes_coder

      Is your Chrome sandbox going to protect your from the largest purveyor of spyware in the world, Google. I think not. Chrome is spyware . . . for Google.
      jorjitop
      • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

        @jorjitop

        One can turn off search terms reporting and such on Chrome. And I trust them to respect that conf as much as I think you trust your own browser provider. Or do you choose to netcat your way around the Web and edit the streams by hand?

        Please put that tinfoil roll down.
        Federico Churca-Torrusio
    • RE: Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now!

      @shellcodes_coder
      Ill stick with Firefox in my own sandbox, thank you.
      daikon
  • Downloaded

    On my work computer. Will update my home ones when I get home. Just as with Internet Explorer 8 this new version of Firefox performs better under Windows 7 than it does on XP which is to be expected because of Windows 7 taking better advantage of the computer hardware.

    At least in my testing it looks that way.

    I also have IE9 and that seems to run just as fast.
    bobiroc