Mozilla hopes to release Firefox 4 next month

By Emil ยท 21 replies
Jan 12, 2011
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  1. Damon Sicore, Senior Director of Platform Engineering at Mozilla, has announced that the company is almost ready to ship Firefox 4. On its mailing list, Mozilla has revealed it has around 160 hard blockers to fix, before proceeding to Release Candidate stage. Both the RC and the final version would arrive in February, according to Sicore.

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  2. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I've been pretty unimpressed with the beta of 4. It loads pages noticeably slower than before, hangs up for a few seconds here and there, and actually crashed a few times, which 3.X never did. Maybe its the plugins, but dunno, something is off.
  3. yowanvista

    yowanvista TS Enthusiast Posts: 82

    Never got any of these issues
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    I did get those issues until I removed my addons, and improved in speed dramatically between beta 7 to 8.
  5. Krystianb

    Krystianb TS Rookie

    Use Google Chrome, it's faster.
  6. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Beta 8 is MUCH more stable than Beta 7 but I have had some issues for Windows. I'd be lying if I said I didn't wish Firefox 4 was more exciting than it currently is.
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    That may be a solution, but if I can't use Adblock and NoScript, my reasons for using Firefox to the exclusion of other browsers rapidly disappear.
  8. I expected a little more innovation from Mozilla. The browser world is much more competitive these days. chance
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Also benchmarks have shown chrome is only marginally faster at best.

    Firefox 4 is quite fast for me.
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    *yawn*... how many times have we heard this story? almost as many times as we have heard verizon is getting an iphone..... big deal.... enough talk already... DO IT!
  11. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    Who cares what browser is the fastest. All kinds of things can contribute to pages loading slow or fast. Just remember..The porn is still gonna be there.
  12. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Truer words have not been spoken.
  13. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    Simple Answer?

  14. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Actually, if you use a benchmark such as Peacekeeper then yes, Google Chrome is MUCH faster than Firefox 4. The only other browser to keep up if not surpass Chrome is Opera 11. Keep in mind Peacekeeper uses a series of tests to measure up a browser. Look at results and even though Opera and Chrome are neck and neck, they both excel at different things. Now if you look at benchmarks such as SunSpider for Javascript, Firefox 4 seems to do as well as Chrome if not better at points. People should always use benchmarks to compare things.
  15. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    I meant "shouldn't" use benchmarks to compare things ^^^^^^
  16. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    lol @ people who talk about the speed ITS FASTER

    .. by how many "ms" ? -.-
  17. Testing with all the flashy and spammy plugins like Flash but not absolute necessities like AdBlock is quite pointless unless you specifically want to tickle possible crashes on those plugins.

    Speed comparisons get especially ridiculous: without AdBlock, Chrome has a slight edge. With it, Firefox 4 totally blows Chrome out, results like Chrome 35s Firefox 8s are typical (CNN main page, recently visited but after a browser restart, the same set of junk blocked in Chome's and Firefox' adblocks, very slow machine (P4-era Celeron) with enough memory, Debian Squeeze, times measured by a hand watch rather than javascript).
  18. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    You'd be surprised how noticeable "ms" are. For example, I just setup Macros to run for me to help me speed up work, with Microsoft Intellitype as I use a Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse combo. The different between 50 & 60 ms is very noticeable. It becomes less and less noticeable when you're on the web because of so many different variables but technically speaking, in a PERFECT scenario, ms matter.
  19. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    it dose matter in your case (input device)

    but as you just said in the (technically Perfect!! scenario ) which is false on most of everyday internet browsing

    the speed difference in most web browsers benchmarks is just on the technical level @ the end of the day its very very small factor for most "normal" web users
  20. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    The release date of the final version of Firefox 4 can't come soon enough for Mozilla. Opera released version 11 last month and by February, the stable version of Chrome will probably be at version 9 already. A February release date will at least enable Mozilla to have Firefox 4 out ahead of Internet Explorer 9 which is expected out later this year. I typically use as many as 3 different browsers in a single PC and I can say from my own experience that there is very little noticeable difference among these modern browsers when it comes to surfing the Net unless you're still using IE 8 and below. But then again, who uses IE for anything other than Windows Update when there are excellent alternative browsers available ?
  21. Same Answer again:
    No to Chrome
  22. never, Google Chrome sucks, FIREFOX rock`s

    long time firefox user. since first v ersion

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