However, Firefox 3.6 beta
1 in our testing has been crashing far more than any Firefox build
we've run in some time. In fact, the last build we recall
crashing this much was a rather buggy Firefox 2.0 Red Hat Linux
build. We've trialed the new test build on Vista, Windows 7,
and OS X machines and in each case crashes frequently occurred.
puzzling thing is that the crashes seem sporadic and hard to
reproduce. About once a day (sometimes every other day) during
an approximately 2-3 hour use cycle Firefox will inexplicably crash.
The curious thing is that the Vista build, which has crashed more
than 10 times only has one plugin -- the Microsoft .NET Framework
Assistant -- which seems an unlikely candidate for causing the
failure. Nor does any specific page seem to cause the
Furthering the mystery is that some beta testers are
reporting similar crashes, though others are reporting none at all.
The release of the beta was delayed a few days, but released on
The beta does bring speed improvements and some
nice new features, despite its rough edges. Describes Mike
Beltzner, Mozilla's director of Firefox, "The Mozilla community
is proud to release Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 for download. This beta
version of the next version of Firefox is built on the Gecko 1.9.2
web rendering engine, containing many improvements for web
developers, Add-on developers, and users. The Mozilla community
appreciates your feedback and assistance in testing this preview of
the next version of Firefox. Your beta software will update itself
periodically, and eventually will be updated to the final release
You can pick up the beta build from
here and test yourself.
The new version of Firefox does
provide one nice new feature that somewhat remedies its frequent
crashes. While restore is included in the current version of
Firefox and other browsers, to return you to your environment
pre-crash, the new version has the ability to selectively reopen only
some of the windows you had open. This is definitely nice if
you have a lot of tabs open and don't want to return to them all.
And it's especially useful if you find a specific page is crashing
Firefox's release of late have been solid, and
it's still one of the best browsers on the market. We've been
loyally submitting our crash reports, so we're hoping Mozilla can
lock down the underlying issues and have 3.6 more stable by the time
of its official release.