Mozilla plans to release Firefox 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, and 7.0 in 2011

By Emil ยท 31 replies
Feb 7, 2011
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  1. Mozilla is planning to release four new versions of its open source browser by the end of this year. That means that Firefox 4.0, Firefox 5.0, Firefox 6.0, and Firefox 7.0 are all slated to ship in 2011.

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  2. hojnikb

    hojnikb TS Enthusiast Posts: 33

    I like the corrent release cycle and version naming but i defenetly dont like the way Firefox is turning into Chrome.... well mostly ;(
  3. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    I'm glad they're finally moving to a more frequent update cycle. I use Firefox 4 beta as a secondary browser and it's like taking forever to shed its beta tag.
  4. RandyN

    RandyN TS Rookie

    Sounds great, now prove it by releasing v4.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Sounds awful -- version numbers are now meaningless. At this rate, we'll be using Firefox version 32.5.2 in just a few years.
  6. It's the same as Chrome, and it isn't that big of a deal. I actually think that having more version numbers will spur people to update more frequently since the most up-to-date version could be a few version numbers from theirs. Who knows?

    Mozilla's top priority should be bringing down the memory usage with FireFox 4. I've tried all of the betas since 1 and their memory usage is always higher than Chrome's. Chrome 9 is a speedfreak too.
  7. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 158   +15

    Firefox is getting Chromer in every release. Although in my opinion Google Chrome is far better than Mozilla Firefox 4.0.
  8. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Chrome keeps changing numbers and keeps gaining marketshare, Looks like mozilla is willing to try anything now....
  9. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    srry Firefox, you had proved you are desperate to fail :\ and besides you have no chances to survive to Skynet.
  10. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    I just switched over to chrome yesterday. I miss the tree style tabs but it is indeed faster then Firefox. And I can sync it with my galaxy S.
  11. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    I'm with you on that, should be Version 4, 4.1 and so on until some major new functionality is added.
  12. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    "Ship our new technology to users in smaller bundles, more frequently: four technology shipment vehicles in 2011 (including Firefox 4) and achieve a regular cadence for shipping."

    Derp, I don't feel like small Bundles = complete projects. If firefox was version 4.4 by the end of the year for whatever reason, and they released version 5 next year, that'd make a little more sense in terms of naming conventions, assuming they really REALLY mean a browser by deliverables.
  13. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Hah! Mimicing a certain other gigantic tech company with a very up and coming browser much?
  14. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    All this means is that developers are converting what would be a point releases or updage to being a version race.

    IMHO, It seems like Firefox feels pressured to adopt Googles haphazard update as full release, as not to look like they are far behand in development over their competition. When product A has more full relseases than you do, you have to be worried that the average on looker might consider your software slow to improve when you competition is moving so fast.

    Yes we are in an iterative development cycle when it comes to free or low cost software, but that cannot happen so freely in the standard software market, unless there is some subscription service business model in place or the developers have another revenue stream that can fund continued development.
  15. nice to know how many beta versions mozilla are making. but how many finals will come this year ?
  16. doradhorror

    doradhorror TS Rookie Posts: 36

    You people who only look on the outside are fools. Firefox 4 is by far superior to Chrome. Speed-wise Firefox 4 has taken a huge leap to catch up to Chrome and Opera. Feature wise, it remains the top king. Chrome still needs to fix its extension api. Until then it will always remain below Firefox; unable to "block ads", only hiding them also unable to block all video ads such as the ads in livestream, incomplete userscript support, no download managers, inferior browser hijacking prevention (noscript > notscript) and a severe limitation to all extensions. For the UI, Firefox has finally been updated to be more fluid and smooth. They released a video about WHY they chose to switch to tabs on top. Just a big FYI, Chrome or Opera did not invent the idea of tabs on top.
  17. Just give me Firefox 4.0!
  18. I've been using Firefox and its predecessors since the Gecko engine was in pre-alpha stages, the one that would fit on a 1.44 mb floppy disk (remember those?). I've tried the alternatives (Chrome, Opera, Safari) and have come to the conclusion that Firefox is the only browser I really want to run. Chrome exists primarily to spur Microsoft to improve IE. Opera has a lot of features but it is too quirky for me to really feel comfortable with. Apple is not interested in letting anyone customize Safari to work the way the end user feels it should. Mozilla has whole-heartedly embraced the concept of letting me make the browser into my own personal Swiss army knife for the web. I welcome their decision to push harder for updates. The beta versions are a lot more stable than one might expect, and Google has largely killed the idea of beta as a test version to begin with. Ubuntu pushes out twice-yearly OS refreshes. There's no reason to think Mozilla can't be just as productive with their browser.
  19. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 929   +31

    just quickly release the final version 4. no point adding so many versions if you keep the beta for few months.

    i use both chrome and firefox. chrome wins at immediate startup, however I prefer firefox for the extensions and other feature, including printing. no, i don't select tabs on top either. cmon they're both free just download both and enjoy.
  20. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I agree with you about the printing thing, FF is bit more 'complete' browser IMO, also people I know who use chrome are involved in two things 1) tax dodging 2) being on internet just for the sake of porn ............
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,520

    Let's suppose you were on the internet for just two things, porn and Techspot. Which would you pick first?

    I disagree with your premise about people who use Chrome. IMHO, they're merely Google fanbois, who like to have their personal information harvested, constantly.

    "My browser opens faster that your browser...."! Who in their right mind cares....? Oh wait, almost forgot,12 year old pre teen boys, that still think that pro wrestling is real. Or perhaps the self proclaimed, "power users", that have deluded themselves into thinking that a second of their time is important. Trust me, it's not! Not to to you, and certainly not to the rest us.

    Leave it to this forum to make a big deal out of the numbering of browser releases, and feel empathy for The Mozilla Foundation, feeling that have have to change their numbering system, to keep up with the search giant, whose main interest is invading people's privacy. Google is lying right up front, when they issue browser update.numbers. Everybody else issues "updates". There isn't enough change in each version of Chrome to warrant a whole number incremental bump, period.
  22. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Well Captain, I was talking about 'people I know who use Chrome' ....... and they fall in two of these categories.

    Secondly, you've asked a very difficult question to answer ...... hmmm, when I use internet, I usually go through all the sites I generally visit, TS, Toms, Anand, GSMA, ARST, BBC + other news sites, LinkedIn etc. and if there is some time left after all these unnecessary incursions ......... I may think about other things ;)
  23. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    A 4.0, 5.0,6.0, and a 7.0?? how are we to keep track!?
    Thats it...I'm switching to Krohmme.
  24. Oh, look, the reload icon is now blue... they must have made a new release since I turned on the computer!
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,520

    My, my, you certainly do run with a fast crowd....

    IMHO, you've got certain priorities backwards. But, my advancing years have tended to make me not really care about the news. To me, It's just a source of unnecessary emotional turmoil. Much as Techspot has proven itself to be at times. Although yesterday, the Philadelphia Police rammed suspected carjackers, got into a gun battle with said carjackers, turned the stolen car's windshield into Swiss cheese, killed one and hospitalized the other. Now there's news that was positively uplifting. Then about 5 miles from my house, some woman got a silicone injection, (to make her a** bigger)** at an airport hotel, and then promply died. I thought I was seeing the news from Mexico City, but noooo, it was Filthadelphia, my home town.

    (**) I thought you just needed to eat several boxes of chocolate donuts, and be a little patient. Besides, how big a dent do you think Kim Kardashian's a** would make in a cheap mattress? Every morning, you'd try to get out of bed, and windup rolling into the sinkhole. Why would anybody want that?

    With that out of the way, there's less advertising at a reputable porn site than there is here. And with that saId, the only script blocking that I still have to do at said sites, is blocking those damned "googleanalytics" tracking cookies.

    So I'm going to use "Chrome" why, because it sets adware much faster than Firefox?
    Realistically, the numbering shouldn't be a problem until it hits eleven, then you just need to take off your shoes and carry the one.

    Und by der vay, vat an un-you-shoe-al spelling of zee vord "Krohmme". Vee'r onto you, Herr Red.....

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