Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

Summary: Pssst ... wanna get your hands on Firefox 6 head of the official launch date?

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Eager to get your hands on the next version of the Firefox browser?  Mozilla is scheduled to officially launch the browser on Tuesday, but you can get your hands on it now ... if you know where to look!

... and I just happen to know where to look!

Ignore the 'first run' screen that appears telling you that this is a beta ... this is normal and Mozilla won't change this page until the official release.

There are a lot of changes made under the hood. For example, startup is faster as users can choose whether or not to load all the tag groups or not.

Another interesting change is the way Firefox shows URLs in the address bar. Domain names are now highlighted to make it it easier to see where you are on the web.

There's also a new permissions tool that allows users to set site-specific permissions for things like saved passwords, cookies, popups and so on. Just type about:permissions into the address bar.

So, if you're interested, hit one of the links above and grab a copy. If anyone asks, say a friend sent you.

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  • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

    FF 5 has is a serious memory hog, I hope they fixed that.
    mnkyhead
    • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

      @mnkyhead

      That's not coming until v7. :(
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

        @Cylon Centurion But on the plus side that's about six weeks away, right? :-)
        jgm2
      • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

        @jgm

        Actually, sooner if you're on the beta tree. :)
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

    Uhhh.... I just got prompted for log on credentials for the FTP site.


    And IE9 is blocking the file. Seems it's unsigned.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

      @Cylon Centurion <br><br>Put "Anonymous" in both slots.

      EDIT to add:

      Opera seems okay with it.
      fairportfan
  • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

    Firefox 5 did not play well with Adobe Flash on my Windows XP machine at work causing freezes. Went back to 3.6.19 works great. Hope that is fixed because I do like the look. Might go with Chrome 13 if this is not fixed
    edkollin
    • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

      @edkollin

      I hope you were allowed to be installing Firefox...
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

        @Cylon Centurion Everytime I need to use another computer (my machine is located where they have meetings and interviews) they are usually running the latest version of Firefox so somebody is allowed to install something. If the tech person doesn't want me installing it he should take away my privileges like he does with Adobe and many other programs.
        edkollin
  • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

    I like the faster startup, but I'm with mnkyhead. Firefox has become and even bigger resource hog than it used to be (something I thought was impossible), and I'd have ditched it for Chrome a while back if it had anything remotely similar to NoScript.
    Aerowind
  • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

    Have MERCY! It's SO FAST! I just loaded 22 tabs instantly. Then I refreshed all of them at the same time... it was instantaneous. O_o; IT'S SO FAAAAST! Finally, the Fox is back! :D
    KitWriter
  • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

    A memory hog? C'mon guys, the average laptop has somewhere between 2 and 8 gigs of ram. Most of the time that ram is DDR3. If you're really that concerned with it being a resource hog, upgrade your computer. It works fast on my netbook running 1.6ghz with an ATOM. It runs snappy on my MBA with 2GB of ram. So long as my page pops up instantly, I'm happy. Sometimes I am teathering for internet from my cellphone so having a browser that works right away without delay is important to me. This delivers. Haters gunna hate. :-P
    KitWriter
    • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

      @KitWriter The problem is not so much of "memory hog" as it is a memory leak. Some where in the Firefox code has had memory leak issues for a while. Some days I browse the internet all day with about 20 tabs open and Firefox will slowly take more memory. I have had it reach 6gb on this computer!
      Kruge
      • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

        @Kruge

        Mmm. Same. In fact when I use Firefox all day, I find that I have to close out the browser every few hours to gain back lost performance.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

        @Kruge I can certainly believe there is a leak, but in the Linux version I use most of the time, I can run for days with several windows/tabs open without seeing the problem you describe.

        I haven't been using the WinXP version that much latesy, so I can't say for sure about that.
        mejohnsn
      • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

        @Kruge Whoa. I've NEVER had that problem. I'm using the mac version and the android version... I've used the Windows version on my laptop but... it's a 32bit version. If you're using 6gb, I'm assuming you're using the 64bit version... could it be a problem with the 64bit version? That's insane. I run gauges and widgets galore and monitor stuff like that and have NEVER seen it get that crazy... no where near it in fact. Wow. Just... wow
        KitWriter
      • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

        I've never had my browser open all day.

        In fact I'm not even on the computer all day. Some of you all need to get out more.
        ScorpioBlue
  • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

    Now do I want to download it today or wait for the announcement tomorrow. Decisions, decisions.
    LoverockDavidson
  • RE: Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch

    If they've screwed up the UI the way they did in 5, I may not upgrade at all. They had a good thing going, then, like MS and Office 2010, they, for no readily apparent reason, moved everything, hid half of it, and generally made using it a PITA. I've got buttons scattered all over the place that should be together, things I do all the time that are hidden 2 levels deep in menus...who is responsible for this mess? Me...I "upgraded"...
    plonk
    • No apparent reason?

      @plonk@...

      Then move everything back. The UI is fully customizable. But you should always be upgrading, especially if you're a heavy user of the browser. Versions 3.x, 4.x, and now 5.x are all unsupported. Kinda shitty, I know, but you really don't want to get caught with your pants down.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion