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  • Mozilla Puts Out Firefox 5.0 Web Browser

    Phoronix: Mozilla Puts Out Firefox 5.0 Web Browser

    It was only in late March when Mozilla released Firefox 4.0, but under their new development practices that are similar to that of Google's Chrome web-browser, Firefox 5.0 was released yesterday...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTU4NQ

  • #2
    I would just like to point out that this isn't release 5 in the same manner as as previous versioning. 3:4 is not the same as 4:5. Think of it as version 4.1.

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    • #3
      release notes/change log here
      https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/5.0/releasenotes/

      * Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000ms to improve performance
      looks good. may help battery life with lots of tabs open.

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      • #4
        I don't blame the Mozilla devs for wanting to bump the version number as a bit of marketing. It's a nice release either way.

        It will be interesting to see when Google gets tired of incrementing the Chrome version, a-la Linus.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by [Knuckles] View Post
          I don't blame the Mozilla devs for wanting to bump the version number as a bit of marketing. It's a nice release either way.

          It will be interesting to see when Google gets tired of incrementing the Chrome version, a-la Linus.
          Hopefully before they arrive at a googol :P

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          • #6
            Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
            I would just like to point out that this isn't release 5 in the same manner as as previous versioning. 3:4 is not the same as 4:5. Think of it as version 4.1.
            Does anyone with half a brain really care about the version number? The added features are far more important.

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            • #7
              Do-not-track: a pointless header that anybody who WOULD be inclined to track you would ignore. I don't see any value in this header, it does NOTHING to improve privacy. What would be a nice addition to the android version would be, rather than this pointlessness, PRIVATE BROWSING (no storage of cache/history/cookies/anything to device).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DanL View Post
                Does anyone with half a brain really care about the version number? The added features are far more important.
                Typically, the version number step implies the number and/or significance of added features. A big version step implies a lot of significant changes, a small version step implies a few less significant changes. They made a BIG version step for insignificant feature changes, hence the clarification I added regarding the version numbering -- so that people who ARE expecting big changes due to such a big version number change won't all bother rushing out to update to something that really isn't significantly different. There WILL be a LOT of people who will take this update and be really disappointed that nothing has really changed.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DanL View Post
                  Does anyone with half a brain really care about the version number?
                  Obviously Mozilla does, otherwise they wouldn't have switched to the "My version number dick is bigger than yours" system.

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                  • #10
                    Source Archives?

                    This does not seem to be in the source archives yet (ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/), have they moved the location for downloading the source for releases?

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                    • #11
                      I don't remember where I read this, but wasn't the version number bumped because it's a separate branch from trunk rather than development on the 4.x branch?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
                        I don't remember where I read this, but wasn't the version number bumped because it's a separate branch from trunk rather than development on the 4.x branch?
                        They've simply moved to a time-based release schedule rather than basing it on features.

                        So every 3 months a new major version will be released, whereas before they would attempt to add a bunch of new features and wait until it was working before releasing.

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                        • #13
                          FWIW, there seems to be general agreement that FF5 is better than FF4. So as long as they stick to higher version number == better softare we ought to be ok.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bbordwell View Post
                            This does not seem to be in the source archives yet (ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/), have they moved the location for downloading the source for releases?
                            Look again, it's there.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by smitty3268 View Post
                              They've simply moved to a time-based release schedule rather than basing it on features.

                              So every 3 months a new major version will be released, whereas before they would attempt to add a bunch of new features and wait until it was working before releasing.
                              Actually, I think they will be releasing a major version every 6 WEEKs. The current Firefox 6 is on Aurora channel for 2 more weeks and then on beta for 6 weeks. Then the release is set. The 2 week delay only exists between FF 5 (which was done faster) and FF 6 and will not exist in next versions.

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