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Firefox 5 Preview Available Now

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fox 5 is already in the works and can actually already be downloaded as a preview.

There are four development stages in Mozilla's new development process - mozilla-central, experimental, beta and final. We know that Firefox 5 has been in development already, but we only recently noticed that the browser has already been posted on the company's FTP server in nightly build form.   

The new browser carries the version number 4.2a1pre, which is apparently due to time constraints that did not allow Mozilla to change its versioning system yet. However, there has been a confirmation that this is, in fact, the foundation for Firefox 5, while we also know that there will be a 4.0.x maintenance release for Firefox 4 with minor bugfixes.

According to the release plan, Firefox 5 final is scheduled for release in the week of June 29, while the first stable experimental release of the browser with an actual 5.0 version number should be available in the week of April 13. The expected interface changes, which will include the web application tabs, will not land until early may, however.

June 21, 2011 UPDATE: Grab the download here.

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  • spanspace
    Am I the only one who doesn't see 5 up there? I see a 4.2.
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  • aron311
    SpanspaceAm I the only one who doesn't see 5 up there? I see a 4.2.
    Read the article.
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  • edilee:
    You can disable the hardware accelerated rendering, which is what I did cause my display card is old and it doesn't look good. Once disabled, it will stop crashing on bad drivers and it's still faster than FF 3.6 and IE8.
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  • xambron
    I'm simply using Chrome for its stability and ease of use. I used to be a FireFox fan.
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  • makaveli316
    Stability concerns, crashes???? What pcs do you have???? You people are ridiculous.
    The biggest reason of bugs and crashes is the person behind the keyboard, not the browser or the system.
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  • eddieroolz
    @xambron Chrome and stability is two words that I never expected to see together...

    Maybe Mozilla should work on fixing what FF4 broke first.
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  • tpk911
    @ xambrom: exactly the same here. I switched to Chrome 12.0.719.0 canary build and have no issues. Firefox doesn't pull it anymore:(
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  • Horhe
    makaveli316Stability concerns, crashes???? What pcs do you have???? You people are ridiculous.The biggest reason of bugs and crashes is the person behind the keyboard, not the browser or the system.So true, I've been using FF4 since the day it launched and I haven't had one single crash. And I spend many hours a day browsing the web.
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  • joytech22
    The reason I switched to Chrome is because Firefox used to be slower, plus Chrome had a nicer barebone approach to their interface.

    Firefox has become much like Google Chrome but Iv'e lost much of my love for Firefox.

    I still have it installed though, I have a bunch of web browsers installed so I don't have to log out then back into all of my Youtube accounts :)
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  • Niva
    I'd been using Chrome for a few months prior to FF4, now I'm back to FF4. No crashes or problems at all and it seems faster to me than the competitors. My PC's not that new either, running a 8800 GTS card with latest drivers.
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