• Why wait until tomorrow, when you can download Firefox 6 today

    Only a short time ago, we had to wait over a year for a major new release of any web browser. Often longer. There was a huge gap between Firefox 3 and Firefox 4, with many alphas, betas and numerous release candidates. That was before Google changed the game with Chrome, with rapid releases, quickly switching between stable, beta, dev and Canary. Recently, Mozilla decided to change the way they would release a new version of Firefox, somewhat mimicking the Chrome release schedule. You can now download a stable version of Firefox, currently v6, Aurora which will quickly become v7 beta and even a Nightly, which is currently v8 alpha.

    Firefox 6 is now the stable final release and a relatively minor update to Mozilla's flagship browser, though still definitely worth the download.

    Version 6.0’s major new feature is the Permissions Manager, accessible by typing about:permissions into the Address bar. This allows you to set permissions regarding cookies, passwords, pop-up windows, offline storage and your location for individual websites you’ve previously visited, allowing you to grant more access to trusted sites without having to open yourself up to others in the process.

    Version 6.0 also sees a raft of support for more HTML5 and CSS3 features, an improved about:memory dialog that allows you to manually rein in Firefox’s ever-increasing memory demands. As with the last two releases, performance is improved while developers also get to play with a “scratchpad” that allows live testing of Javascript code - access it from the Developers sub-menu or by hitting [Shift] + [F4].

    Not all add-ons will work with this release (they’ll be automatically disabled during the update process), and because it’s an unfinished version, we recommend you back up your existing Firefox settings using a tool like MozBackup before installing it over the top of your existing stable installation.


    The next generation Firefox is here and, whilst there are performance and network improvements, this is more of a minor upgrade than a major refresh.
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. mr. nails's Avatar
      mr. nails -
      I'm using FF5 at home and FF6 at work. FF5 seems to crash a lot on youtube and porn sites where as FF4 did not. I'm more so waiting for FF7 when it uses 50% less memory and stays as such while you leave FF open for long periods of time.
    1. SonsOfLiberty's Avatar
      SonsOfLiberty -
      5 crashed alot starting 2 weeks, but only after "skip screen" addon got updated. I would start by uninstalling ALL add-ons and test... BTW, Chrome for me uses twice as much as FF. I don't even notice CPU/MEM usage anymore.
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      FF5 froze/lagged a fair bit for me but not really seen that in FF6. Probably an incompatible addon that's caused FF6 to be better for me but meh lol
    1. IdolEyes787's Avatar
      IdolEyes787 -
      Re:Why wait until tomorrow ,when you can download Firefox 6 today?

      I'm a little busy today but as of yet tomorrow looks a little lax.
    1. ca_aok's Avatar
      ca_aok -
      I've been using it for a few days now, it seems decent. Only two of my extensions broke.
    1. megabyteme's Avatar
      megabyteme -
      Can't say I am happy with them outrunning compatibility with my school's site, my new GPS, and a couple of other things I have wanted to do that required me to either use IE, go to another machine still running 3.6, or install 3.6 additionally on my PC. While I appreciate FF's ambitious work, the inconveniences so far outweigh any improvements I've seen.
    1. peat moss's Avatar
      peat moss -
      I don't see a difference do you ?
    1. whatcdfan's Avatar
      whatcdfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by peat moss View Post
      I don't see a difference do you ?
      Yeah, scripts stopped working on couple of occasions, Has a little problem resolving DNS and proly not as reliable as it use to be, I have reverted to 3.6 and it's running like a charm.