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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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            • #16
              Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
              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).
              That DNT header is not a cure-all as the standards don't require sites to honor it, so indeed this is a pointless feature at the moment

              FF5 is noticeably faster for sure...some memory leaks fixed too

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              • #17
                Originally posted by locovaca View Post
                Obviously Mozilla does, otherwise they wouldn't have switched to the "My version number dick is bigger than yours" system.
                It pretty much guarantees more exposure on tech sites, I dare say 'version 5 is out!' yields more coverage than 'version 4.1 is out!' no matter what the actual improvements are.

                Also faster turnaround on major version numbers likely gives the impression that more is happening with the software than actually is, worked for Chrome ('hory shet, it's already at version 13!! this software must be so great!!').

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                • #18
                  Actually the effect is already weaning off, all the Chrome and FF dick-waving is causing everyone to start ignoring major version announcements, even for software that does not follow that model.

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by curaga View Post
                    Actually the effect is already weaning off, all the Chrome and FF dick-waving is causing everyone to start ignoring major version announcements, even for software that does not follow that model.
                    Heh, I stopped caring about FF releases after 1.x series. After that it became just another bloated browser.

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                    • #20
                      Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                      Heh, I stopped caring about FF releases after 1.x series. After that it became just another bloated browser.
                      Bloated in what respect? Memory-wise it uses the least amount of ram when using ~20+ pages when compared to the other mainstream browsers (Chrome, IE, Safari, Opera).

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