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Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.6 Beta

One of the best internet browsers just got better. Is that an over exaggeration on our part? Probably, but after playing around with the latest Firefox release, we can't help but salivate just a little. A few weeks ago we reported that Mozilla would launch the first public beta of Firefox 3.6 the very next day, but the browser never reared its head. After a few delays and last minute bug stomping, the new public beta has finally arrived, promising better performance and a few cool features.

For those who want to skip all the "ooohs" and "ahhhhs" of v3.6, then take yourself here and download the latest build for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Naturally, because this isn't a locked, final build, the beta isn't exactly golden, so expect a few problems with some websites and add-ons. So far we're loving the performance boost brought on by the Gecko 1.9.2 rendering engine, but honestly, the Personas feature is addicting.

What will your browser wear today? That's the question the Personas section asks, taking "themes" to a different level by providing easy-to-install and easy-to-change skins for the browser. Rather than downloading an entire package that changes icons and the overall shape of the browser, Firefox users can choose a skin and see it in action before actually installing it into the browser interface.

Other features this beta provides include alerts concerning out-of-date plugins, full-screen video, poster frame support, WOFF font format support, and new CSS, DOM and HTML5 support. Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 also features improved JavaScript performance, startup time, and browser responsiveness. Unfortunately, those who wanted the revamped user interface will have to wait until Forefox 3.7.

  • r0x0r
    Sorry, I didn't read the article, I was...distracted.
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  • victusaldel
    Why is it that Opera 10 released with no fanfare on Tom's, but every single beta or minor change to Firefox is spread all over the place? Hell, I don't even think the Safari 4 release was even mentioned.
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  • cabose369
    victusaldelWhy is it that Opera 10 released with no fanfare on Tom's, but every single beta or minor change to Firefox is spread all over the place? Hell, I don't even think the Safari 4 release was even mentioned.
    Cause Firefox has a greater share of the browser market then Safari AND Opera combined!!
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  • victusaldel
    cabose369Cause Firefox has a greater share of the browser market then Safari AND Opera combined!!
    Based on that logic we should never hear about Linux or OSX since they don't even hold 1/10th of the market share.

    I just don't think Tom's should be so blatant about pushing a product on people and call it an editorial, or news.
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  • ideffect
    A FireFox User Is A User That Has Not Tried Opera!
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  • IzzyCraft
    Opera! :) I did thing it was a bit odd that random FF updates are nearly always posted on tom's but even the finial stable release of Opera 10 was not mentioned or at least i didn't see it.
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  • waxdart
    r0x0rSorry, I didn't read the article, I was...distracted.
    What article? I can't see any article.
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  • pocketdrummer
    64-bit support soon?

    ... probably not...
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  • 830hobbes
    Meh. I hate their implementation of Aeropeek. I don't want to see all my tabs in the task bar. If I wanted that, I wouldn't use tabs at all, I'd just open lots of FF windows. I'd rather scroll over a tab and have it displayed temporarily.
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  • ravynsofaelt
    stop hatin on FF and toms everybody ;) we all know that FF will one day CONQUER THE WORLD!!!!!!!
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