Firefox 5.0 is live!

Firefox 5.0 is live!

Summary: Mozilla has released Firefox 5.0 web browser.

TOPICS: Browser

Mozilla has released Firefox 5.0 web browser.

Three months following the release of Firefox 4.0, Mozilla has released the next incarnation of the browser in line with its new rapid development cycle.

It is important to note that Mozilla sees this release as a minor update for those already running Firefox 4.0.

Along with the desktop versions for Windows, Mac and Linux, there is also a version for Android.

Here's a list of changes:

Complete list of changes here.

The known issues are worth bearing in mind, especially this one:

  • For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual (see bug 579260)

I've been using the Firefox 5.0 beta for a few weeks now and while there aren't any major UI changes of features, it's been a rock-solid release as far as I can tell so I can't see any problems for people moving up from 4.0.

By the end of the summer Firefox 6.0 will be out, and a few months after that expect to see Firefox 7.0

Topic: Browser

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  • So they really are moving to Chrome-style release times...


    Although this really looks like a 4.1 or 4.5 release much like Chromes iterations!

    Well as long as it all still works (Selenium hasn't been updated yet) then I'm a happy browser! :)
    • Google made its version count ridiculous; Mozilla now does the same thing;

      @DevJonny: it is obviously 4.5 version release at best; more like 4.2 one.
    • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

      Firefox "5.0" is really Firefox 4.1 or maybe even 4.01

      I am currently using Firefox 7.01a and on the surface there is virtually no difference. That's because it's really just Firefox 4.3

      For some strange reason Mozilla has become obsessed with imitating Chrome. Both in features in ridiculous version numbering.

      Looking forward to Firefox 27!!
      • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

        @Bob_DaBoob LMAO :D
    • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

      @DevJonny I agree with your opinion and fully support it, you have been a great contributor and I always come to your blog as I know you always share the best of your information
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  • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

    Seems a little misleading to change the major version number for moderate/minor changes.

    If Microsoft did this, we'd be on Windows 85.0
    • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live


      And if MS did what Firefox did up until now, they'd only be on Windows 4.1
      Michael Kelly
      • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

        @Michael Kelly "And if MS did what Firefox did up until now, they'd only be on Windows 4.1 "

        Which would be a lot more honest way of doing things.

        Windows XP was a minor upgrade from Windows 2000. Windows 7 was a minor upgrade from Vista.
      • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live


        Not to mention Windows 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 realistically should have been 0.7, 0.8, and 0.9. And I'm being generous with the first two.
        Michael Kelly
    • LOL!

      Will Pharaoh
      • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

        @Will Pharaoh <br>Yes, I am pretty sure you would be still using IE 5.5 if not for FF. But come one, I am destroying your nice, cozy alternative reality...
        Oh, yes, keep using Win7, which is really Vista SP.
    • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

      @jmiller1978 : You are showing your colors - anti-Microsoft to the core. Actually, unlike Google's Chrome and Firefox to a lesser degree, Microsoft doesn't release these "minor" upgrades. Chrome browse is at version 11 and was at beta 1 maybe 2 years ago. Firefox went from 3.0 to 3.5 to 3.6 - with each of those what it seems to be monthly updates for each. Microsoft has release 3 IE browser versions in the last 10 years.
      Gis Bun
      • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

        @Gis Bun ...Perhaps you need to work on your reading comprehension. He wasn't bagging on MS. Now, put on your blindfold and repeat after me. "I pledge allegiance to Redmond and to the four colors for which it stands..."
      • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

        @Gis Bun<br><br>LMFAO!!! Dude I work for a MS partner and am deploying Exchange 2010 for a large federal agency. Anti-MS? That's rich. In case you missed my point, I was dogging on the silliness of Firefox's incrementation of the major version number for a maintenance release at best.

        FTR: I also own a MacBook, supplied my family with iPhones and run Mint Linux in a VM on my Windows 7-powered HP 8540w so that I can learn Ruby On Rails as a hobby.
    • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

      there was once Windows 95 and even Windows 2000 !
  • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

    I don't see what's wrong with having minor release updates being point upgrades. "5.0" is literally 4.1 -- full numbered releases should feature major upgrades and overhauls. Google is especially confusing with the way they number their releases, as Chrome is at 12.0 (when in reality it probably should be around 3.9) while Android gets point upgrades for major releases (2.2.1, 3.1, etc.).

    This version of FF is still rock solid and I'll continue to use it as long as it still has the best ad-blocking plugin available.
    • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

      @ballkrussher - Google created the impression that Chrome was a much more mature program than it really is by version number inflation. Since casual users don't realize what a scam that is, Mozilla followed suit in order to compete. It looks ridiculous to knowledgeable users, but the mass market doesn't know any better.
      • RE: Firefox 5.0 is live

        @Greenknight_z LMAO :D Well said.
  • As long as it runs NoScript.

    As long as it doesn't break any of my main websites and allows me to run NoScript so I can be in control of what runs in my browser, then I am in.