Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

Summary: Last Friday Mozilla kept to its promise and shipped the first beta of Firefox 5.

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Last Friday Mozilla kept to its promise and shipped the first beta of Firefox 5.

Here's a 'what's new' listing:

  • Added support for CSS animations
  • Added support for switching Firefox development channels
  • The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
  • Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance
  • Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
  • Improved spell checking for some locales
  • Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users

Note: Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari browser both support CSS animations.

There are also a whopping number of bug and stability fixes, detailed here.

Contrary to some report that say that the Firefox 5 user interface is identical to that of Firefox 4, there are, in fact, some small changes. Mozilla's Director of Community Development Asa Dotzler details a few changes:

As you can see, the buttons and textfields are much crisper. The corner radius has been sharpened up a bit and the button and textfield shadows have been tightened up and pulled into the border line.

The overall effect might seem subtle but after using it for a while and then going back to Firefox 4, you can really "feel" the difference.

Full release notes here. If you're thinking of running this beta, I suggest you check out the known issues list first.

Final release of Firefox 5 is schedule for June 21.

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  • Agile!

    Kudos to the Mozilla Developer Team!
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~-~ Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~-~ Your Linux Advocate
      Interesting that they're pushing it as a "security and stability update" to FF 4 users (I'm being prompted to download - I didn't seek it). Seems to counter the 'beta' tag it bears, wouldn't it?
      ejhonda
    • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

      @Dietrich T even more kudos for new functionality of FF7, but they are still dragging their heals a little compared to chrome.
      sam - <a href="http://smuggecko.com">seo tips</a>
      justjackx
  • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

    Wow, they actually made a scheduled release date, good for them!!
    jakenhauser23
  • wow a little bit darker shadows. they are certainly on a roll.

    that alone will stop their marketshare hemoraging, no need to get their html5 animation perf out of the gutter now...
    Johnny Vegas
  • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

    why so soon after ff4?
    I know ff4 was delayed a lot, but if this isnt going to be a massive change why not call it 4.1?
    Will T
    • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

      @Will T Because they decide not to.
      Knowles2
    • RE: why not call it 4.1

      @Will T

      Originally, the first nightlies were 4.2; but, I guess someone has a case of <i>numeric inferiority</i>.

      There was likely a perception that the low version number made it seem like a "stale" product, compared to IE, Chrome, etc.

      DIGAS (do I give a s---) about the version <b>number</b>?? No, I just want to see it improved, that's all.
      fatman65535
      • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

        @fatman65535
        Its seems strange that the would bring out 5 already, as to the outside world, it would appear that they are just giving up on ff4, and people might assume that it was a failure.
        possibly bad publicity, where as if they had stuck with 4.2, or even 4.5 to indicate an important but still incremental change, people would have thought they were just making the base product better, instead of giving up on it.
        Will T
  • Does it run in a sandbox

    Does Firefox run in a sandbox like Chrome and Internet Explorer?
    Earthling2
    • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

      @Earthling2

      No, it doesn't and Firefox 5 will not implement sandbox either. So dude better stick with Chrome
      shellcodes_coder
      • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

        @shellcodes_coder or Internet Explorer
        grayknight-22253692004129760887070084760051
      • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

        yeah
        oldtechdudze
  • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

    Still no sandbox? Firefox user base will continue to decline...thanks to Chrome
    shellcodes_coder
    • Forget Google spyware

      Besides, Google has nothing approaching the version of Adblock Firefox has.

      And as Ed said last month...

      http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/malware-authors-target-google-chrome/3162

      Sandbox or no, don't fall for the trojan horse...
      blind obedience
    • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

      @shellcodes_coder
      who the hell are you kidding? Besides yourself that is. I bet you the extremely vast number of Firefox users have no idea what Sandboxing is or give a hoot.
      spin498
      • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

        @spin498 and others...<br><br>Firefox 5 likely should be a 4.5, yet at least it's being updated and tweaked.<br> <br>Chrome indeed has a sandbox and as a protection / code isolation tool, and it indeed has some merits...yet Chrome still has some security, privacy and user-intrusion problems of its own...and those need to be addressed.
        JoeRJr
  • Now wasn't that fast?

    Not long after the major release of firefox 4 and we already have another major release with only minor changes; why not just call it FlamingFox 4.2?

    Sheesh, looks like Mozilla is desperately trying to get the version up to 13 just like Google :|
    MrElectrifyer
    • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

      @MrElectrifyer

      Yep, Google started this number jumping &*&^% with minor releases, so FF has to do the same to not seem stale.
      eye4bear
  • RE: Firefox 5 beta lands right on schedule

    General movement in the browsers that pins the major release numbers to the release number of the rendering engines.

    FF uses the Gecko layout engine which previously kept its own major release number (FF4 uses Gecko 2.0, FF3.6 uses Geckp 1.9.2, etc.).

    Changing both to the same major release number required FF to jump to 5.
    nap0leon