Mozilla ships Firefox 5 beta, final release coming next month

By Jos ¬∑ 17 replies
May 23, 2011
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  1. Mozilla released the first beta version of Firefox 5 on Friday, roughly one month after making the browser available in the cutting-edge Aura channel keeping up with its new quick-release…

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  2. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    didnt firefox 4 just come out like a month ago
  3. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    They're mimicking Chrome remember? Besides, Firefox can always use improvements, namely in my opinion, speed.
  4. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Cant wait for Firefox 6
  5. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    I just hope they cut down on memory use a bit. Firefox can cripple a computer if you're not careful, especially with older ones.
  6. @example103: As true as that may be, Google Chrome's memory usage is much higher. I'm just wondering if Firefox 5 will perform on par with Chrome on the acid test..

    Oh, and of course, increased speed is always nice too =D
  7. In the 3xx versions of Firefox, you could AddOn a Tor (anonymous IP), which was easily toggled on/off. The new Firefox versions are ruining good Addons.
  8. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    That's weird, because in comparison, Firefox has been proven to be the least resource intensive...
  9. @lawfer That for 3.6, however if Firefox 4 is the most memory extensive if have normal tab habits meaning less than 10 tab open most of the time. The problem is Firefox has bad memory garbage collection compared to the other browsers. It is a big enough problem that I downgraded to version 3.6 on an older Pentium 4 machine b/c Firefox 4 locked it up too much.

    In term of memory efficiency, IE 9>Chrome>Firefox
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    To some extent it seems true Guest, with same number of tabs opened IE9 uses roughly 1/3rd the memory when pitted against FF, however, it can very well depend on what sort of sites you have opened at a given time. I am not sure about Chrome, as I don't like to have any spyware on my PCs.
  11. nickblame

    nickblame TS Enthusiast Posts: 43

    as it turns out firefox is sick of having a smaller version number from ie and this speed up will most likely fix that :)
  12. Hey, you move too fast! I cannot use firefox 4 in my computer, just freeze and cannot open any page. Can you guys make it more stable just as Avant browser? It makes any sense if you release the new version one after another but leave the users in the desert?
  13. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    I've been on the Aurora channel since the beginning and I don't really see anything new apart from the daily updates. The LavaFox theme sure looks nice though. Apart from a few niggling issues with some websites and an occasional page freeze, it's been quite stable actually, especially for an Alpha 2, and far from Mozilla's description of " not for the faint of heart ".
  14. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Well I confirmed yesterday through peacekeeper that there have been speed improvedments. Fireofx 5 Beta 2 was about 500 points faster than Firefox 4.0.1
  15. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    no speed up. at least a year gap between whole digit changes.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,016   +2,544

    Ya know, I just checked, at the little son of a gun is spot on!

    With about 146 tabs open in 7 windows, Firefox is using about 535 KB of memory! ....:rolleyes:

    Now you couple that with 13 instances of open windows, and the AVG scan that just started, my old eMachine, (1.5 GB RAM) has slowed down quite a bit.

    I sure hope they fix this abuse of resources, so I can open about 200 tabs in 10 windows on a netbook......! ;)

    Did I mention those 146 tabs were all virtually nothing but images? No I didn't, sorry for the oversight.

    Mozilla better do something quick, or I'm gonna hafta start using Google Spyware, oops, I mean Google Chrome as a browser.
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,702

  18. I love Firebox 4 but in the end it started to get slower so i still have it but iam using Google chrome

    Can wait for firefox 5 and 6

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