Mozilla delays Firefox 3.6, now expected in early 2010

By on December 28, 2009, 11:51 AM
It looks like Mozilla won't be able to deliver on its promise to release Firefox 3.6 by the end of the year after all. According to an update on the organization's Wiki, users of the beloved open-source browser can now expect to see version 3.6 released sometime in the first quarter of 2010, while Firefox 4.0, originally slated to ship late next year, could arrive as a beta in the summer of 2010 and in final form "in late 2010 or early 2011."

Code-named Namaroka, Firefox 3.6 is expected to deliver significant performance improvements, updates to the Awesome Bar, and integration with the Mozilla Labs Personas project to customize the browser's appearance. There's also a Firefox 3.7 in the mix, which will improve Windows start-up time and include the Jetpack system for easier to write, install, and upgrade plug-ins.

For version 4.0, Mozilla hopes to finalize a new feature called Electrolysis that will compartmentalize processes and tasks on a tab-by-tab basis similar to Google Chrome for improved stability. The next major Firefox release should also get significant user interface changes and users are invited to submit their own designs.

The delay might come as a disappointment to many loyal Firefox users, but will hopefully prove itself worthwhile when version 3.6, 3.7 and eventually 4.0 finally see the light of day. With Chrome getting extensions support, Microsoft stepping up development of Internet Explorer, and Opera continuing to work on improving JavaScript execution as well as introducing new features, competition is looking better than ever on the browser front.




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Guest said:

When using Thunderbird say I get a e-mail that I'd like to forward to some. The e-mail headers

contain a whole lot of forwarded e-mail addresses that I would prefer not to have shown when I

forward my copy of this e-mail ----- If I click the forward button and then highlite the stuff I

don't want to included with my outgoing e-mail and hit DELETE ------ the entire e-mail is sent

to TRASH. ! NOW, when I use my daughters computer for e-mailing something she uses

Micro-soft Explorer with Hot_mail. and does NOT have this problem. Can you tell me is there

any work-around this I could use on my FireFox/ThunderBird ? Thanks..... Roger

<rhamel@sault.com>

Guest said:

Been there, done that. The more an e-mail has been forwarded, the worse it gets. First, when the entire e-mail disappears like that, immediately hit Ctrl-Z and get it back. Then go back to the parts you want to delete and take them out in parts rather than all at once. You may need to delete the unwanted section line-by-line. Do it carefully in steps. If you try to delete too much, another disappearing act may occur -- in which case, hit Ctrl-Z again and resume.

Guest said:

i hate google chrome browser, firefox is the best. why?, with FF i decide to whether or not it does an auto update or not, i get to chose, having more control on how my FF browser behaves.

with google chrome, i dont have that control, its auto update is always running in the background, taking up my pc's memory and resources, it does not have a setting like FF to turn off auto updates.

Guest said:

Shut off the Google updater in the startup files, msconfig.

gs

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