Firefox 6 "On Track" to Launch on Tuesday

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xoniv

leaked by me http://bit.ly/nVbYuh

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GetOutOfBox

This is pathetic. Why the retarded marketing scheme, Mozilla? I thought you were a not-for-profit organization, so why bother using tactics such as inflated version numbers to get the few people split between FF and Chrome? It's not as if money's at stake.

Either way, both Chrome and Firefox have their pros and cons. Most people that use FF/Chrome over IE are probably technically oriented enough not to fall for the "OH LOOK, FIREFOX JUST RELEASED VERSION 22 1 MONTH AFTER VERSION 10 WAS RELEASED, IT MUST BE SO MUCH BETTER!!11!!" tactic.

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nmanguy

From a pragmatic view, I guess it's easier to say "Compatible with Firefox 5+", rather than "Compatible with Firefox 4.6.11.3+".

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Paul_Lilly

There's actually quite a bit of money at stake. Most of Mozilla's money comes from search royalties, and of that, Google is by far the biggest contributor to Mozilla's bottom line. In 2009, Mozilla reported revenue of more than $104 million, almost all of which came from Google.

Another reason for the intense competition among browser makers is the tug-of-war over Web standards, especially as we move into HTML5 territory. There are several competiting standards, and those with the most market share tend to have a larger influence.

Finally, Microsoft has a huge interest in maintaining its market share dominance, as businesses build their internal networks around IE and purchase related products and services, Sharepoint being a good example.

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thetechchild

On the other hand, why not? If the only thing different is the numbering of the versions, then I don't see how that negatively effects Firefox or Mozilla. If the features, backwards compatibility, and stability, are all the same or improved, the numbering shouldn't bother you (which, apparently, it does).

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livebriand

I didn't even realize it, but I was on the beta upgrade channel for FF and already running the beta of V6. It seems fine. However, like all V4 and later, it's a bit bloated and slow. I use Chrome most of the time, except that V13 has some issues with a forum I visit that's based on IP.Board. (dang it.. is 13 the unlucky number?) I don't have huge issues with Chrome though. Mozilla is heading down the wrong path though, what's with the accelerated version numbers with little change? STUPID...

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JohnP

The ONLY issue I have ever had with upgraded Firefox is that the add-ons get broke. I was totally amazed then when Roboform did an upgrade yesterday that made it WORK WITH FF ver 6! The first time ever that Roboform was ahead of the game...

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naxself

Seriously, WTF are they doing? A new browser per month? That's just mental.

I've been using Firefox since it was created. I'm seriously considering switching now.

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grayscale00

You're only reason for switching is the rapid release schedule?? I really do hope you're being sarcastic there.

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I Jedi

Why switch, if you like Firefox? Find an appropriate version, which is stable and you can live with, and wait a few releases before updating again.

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naxself

No, I'm not switching because of the release schedule, though I still don't see the point of it. It'd be nice if they gave each version time to mature.

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don2041

Oh they shuffled the icons again and call it a new version. what a pile.

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I Jedi

*Captain Picard face palm*

Words cannot express why this pains me so.

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Zoandar

This is getting quite literally ridiculous. Version 4 was barely stable when version 5 released, which I can't even make run on one of my WinXP notebooks. On Win7 version 5 periodically 'stops responding' and has to be restarted to make it work. Plus I get 'script errors' all the time with verion 5. Fortunately I also run Chrome, and have found it to be far more stable on BOTH platforms. 5 is also slower in performance than 4 was. Is it time to re-think 'Firefox Explorer' and switch to Chrome instead? I've yet to see anything lacking in Chrome.

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Dman222123222

No issue with scripts here, but Firefox does occasionally freeze for me too.

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Scatter

I've been running version 5 for a while now and never had any of the script errors that you describe.  It works just fine here.  Perhaps its due to your hardware, a virus on your PC or an addon that you have installed.  The only problem that I've ever had with upgrading to new version have been occasional incompatible addons.

People need to stop worrying about what version of Firefox they're coming out with.  If it makes you feel any better about it just imagine a 1 infront of the version.  That would make my version 1.5 and the upcoming ones 1.6 and 1.7.  A version number is only a version numer and they've been coming out with regular updates forever. 

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Brett Schealler

I was in the same boat a couple years ago. Firefox seemed to be bloated and slow like IE was. It was then that I found Opera. such an amazing browser, with features like speed dial and magic wand that others are copying today. the only downside I had was a couple of sites in a thousand didn't work properly- much like openoffice to microsoft office. Eventually I switched back. was it worth it? yes.

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