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New browser version brings improved rendering engine, more secure plug-ins

Mozilla's Firefox 3.6 has seen a couple of minor delays, but Mozilla has finally finished the browser and released a finalized version into the wild.  Mozilla aired the new browser this morning.

The browser can be found for Windows here, for Mac here, and for Linux users here.  Mozilla has now linked these downloads on their Firefox front page, though the banner graphics still reads Firefox 3.5 (the text all talks about Firefox 3.6).  Mozilla's download tracker, also, appears stuck on another older version -- Firefox 3.5.3, though perhaps it's really tracking all Firefox global downloads.

The new browser build improves the security of Mozilla's popular extensions interface.  It also offers a faster and more robust version of Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine, Gecko 1.9.2 (Firefox 3.5 used Gecko 1.9.1).  The update also offers toolbar skins, out-of-date plugin notifications, and support for the WOFF open webfont format, among other things.

In our internal testing, we've found the latest builds of Firefox 3.6 to be quite polished, eliminating the crashes we experienced in the first beta.  The new version feels slightly faster that Firefox 3.5, when using graphics heavy websites like Facebook or YouTube.

With the release of Firefox 3.6, Mozilla looks to gain more ground on rival Microsoft.  Over the last couple of years Mozilla has been steadily nibbling on Microsoft market share, as Internet Explorer's browsing share has slipped.  Firefox now sits as the browser primarily used by over 30 percent of users worldwide, according to some recent estimates.

Next up for Mozilla is an update to 3.6 called Lorentz.  With this update Mozilla will finally implement out-of-process plug-ins (OOPP), to isolate Adobe's Flash, Apple's Quicktime, and other commonly used plug-ins.  This should help eliminate many of the Flash-related crashes and freezes, and also improve the browser's overall security.

And Mozilla has already begun work on Firefox 3.7 which implements the snazzy Windows Vista and Windows 7 Aero Glass look for the first time.  The next version may also feature another rendering engine upgrade -- Gecko 1.9.3 -- which currently is being brewed.  Mozilla is rumored to be targeting May-June 2010 release.  That will be followed by Firefox 4.0 in October-November 2010 (according to Mozilla's roadmap, though some say it may be delayed until 2011).

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3.6 where?
By Ristogod on 1/21/2010 11:21:08 AM , Rating: 2
At the time of writing this, I do not see 3.6 as being released.

RE: 3.6 where?
By JasonMick on 1/21/2010 11:23:11 AM , Rating: 5

The banner graphic is stale, but the links and text about 3.6 have now been added.

You can also just follow the links in the story to grab the release version for Win, OS X, or Linux

RE: 3.6 where?
By CrystalBay on 1/21/2010 11:46:50 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks Micky...

RE: 3.6 where?
By ZHENZHEN on 1/27/10, Rating: -1
RE: 3.6 where?
By BruceLeet on 1/21/2010 12:51:21 PM , Rating: 2
Right after you posted the article I tried to update via the Help menu - Check for updates... and there were none available.

That being said thanks for the direct links I find it frustrating I sometimes find it complicated/time consuming to find new releases on Mozilla's website.

RE: 3.6 where?
By Brainonska511 on 1/21/2010 12:50:31 PM , Rating: 2
I just did the "Check for Updates" now and it pulled 3.6 in.

RE: 3.6 where?
By jonmcc33 on 1/21/2010 12:56:02 PM , Rating: 3
Your ISP clearly hasn't rebooted their intarweb yet! I see it fine!

RE: 3.6 where?
By GreatCTO on 1/24/2010 11:21:31 PM , Rating: 2
The Bad, a lot of extensions aren't yet compatible with 3.6

The Good ~ one great menu extension continues for Firefox 3.6
"Replacing the original ~ Menubar ~ into a single menu or icon."

Read my other posts and try "Compact Menu 2", you'll love it and only need to use the "Navigation Tool Bar". Awesome!!! (And please don't pick at the menu-bar being present, like someone else did. Just un-click it. It being present, is good coding. You see, some other add-on, such as "Scrapbook" install to the menubar. With it gone after installing the addon people might falsely assume that it or other addons were not compatible. (So give it 5 stars. :D)

Moving forward. This is a five star addon! If you want even more pixel room, then right click and select "Customize... Toolbar" followed by.
A. Show = Icons Only
B. Check = Use small icons

At which point short of pressing F11, hiding windows task-bar, and modifying the bottom of the frame, you have the most screen room for web pixels of any browser on the market.

As more users are moving to ever widening screen resolutions such as 16:9 ratios they are losing and losing, more and more, pixel column space to read within.

If I set the standards, then any ratio difference greater that 16:10 would be required to be VESA compliant and support a Pivot of 90 degree to go from landscape to portrait, as to improve readability and reduce mouse or key scrolling. Saving you both, battery usage and arthritis of the scroll wheel and wrists.

Personally, I believe the native resolution of 1440 x 900 is superior to 1680 × 1050 for anything 22" to 19". From 22" to 24" give 1600x1200. From 24" up give use 1920x1200, the native rez difference should not exceed 16:10).
The reason being that the size of the monitors 1680 is put on typically results in user eyestrain if more than an hour. How mild or serious depends on the individual. I wish all monitors were VESA certifiable. So that even if the stand doesn't support Portrait mode, then at least the customer can chose to do so.

By Drag0nFire on 1/21/2010 11:32:27 AM , Rating: 5
Why no picture of the firefox babe?

RE: why
By axias41 on 1/21/2010 11:55:45 AM , Rating: 5
Sorry, she was with me

RE: why
By maverick85wd on 1/21/2010 12:00:21 PM , Rating: 2
my thoughts exactly

RE: why
By jonmcc33 on 1/21/2010 12:52:18 PM , Rating: 3
Jason Mick fail. That's why. He forgot that the Firefox babe is mandatory for all Firefox blog posts.

RE: why
By jonmcc33 on 1/21/2010 12:57:35 PM , Rating: 1
Wait! Jason Mick didn't fail! Look closely! Those are surf boards and a babe in a bikini behind it!

Jason Mick = teh win!

RE: why
By Gyres01 on 1/22/2010 11:19:31 AM , Rating: 2
Hey I'm with DragOnFire..where is the FF babe ??

RE: why
By OKMIJN4455 on 1/24/10, Rating: -1
There will be no Firefox 3.7
By bjacobson on 1/21/2010 10:57:46 AM , Rating: 1
RE: There will be no Firefox 3.7
By JasonMick on 1/21/2010 11:14:53 AM , Rating: 4
Not true...

The rumours of Firefox 3.7’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Nobody’s planning on “dumping” features or the hard work of our passionate and tireless community.

--Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's director of Firefox

RE: There will be no Firefox 3.7
By B3an on 1/21/2010 12:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
You can download the 3.7 nightly builds here:

RE: There will be no Firefox 3.7
By jonmcc33 on 1/21/2010 12:53:58 PM , Rating: 2
Oh! Jason Mick with the quick comeback! Ouch!

By AstroGuardian on 1/22/2010 3:26:22 AM , Rating: 1
How can you tell (and even stand for) something is true or not just by browsing the net? You trust the source?

Well don't trust the source, consider it but don't trust it..... as well as we don't trust YOU also...

By SpaceRanger on 1/21/2010 11:48:30 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm... According to C|Net there will be a 3.7-esq version released.

Plug-in Compatibility
By woofersus on 1/21/2010 9:23:21 PM , Rating: 2
So, the last time I updated right away all but two of my plugins wouldn't work. Any preliminary reports as to how many of them break with 3.6? Plugins I don't want to give up are 75% of the reason I use Firefox right now, so I'll wait a few weeks if needs be, however difficult it may be to resist the compulsion to download an update available for something.

RE: Plug-in Compatibility
By tomorrow on 1/22/2010 12:35:45 PM , Rating: 2
See this:

Currently 85% of most used are compatible.I found 7 of mine(7 of 36 total) are not compatible.These are:

Favicon Picker
myfirefox & Vista-aero Modifier
Organize Search Engines
PC Sync 2 Synchronisation Extension
Restore Scroll Position

Overall looks ok.Im gonna give them 4 more weeks before i update

This is a RC not RTM
By dubyadubya on 1/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: This is a RC not RTM
By jonmcc33 on 1/21/2010 12:55:11 PM , Rating: 3
You = fail.

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