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Mozilla has officially released Firefox 3.6, the latest incarnation of its open-source web browser. After little more than a week of testing on a pair of release candidates, the browser's final version can now be downloaded here. It's available for Windows, Linux, and Mac. Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's director of Firefox …


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  1. Richard Gadsden 1

    20% Improvement?

    My run on SunSpider makes it more like 30% performance improvement on my setup. It's improved from a bit better than a third as quick as Chrome to a bit better than half as quick as Chrome, or from four times the speed of IE8 to nearly six times the speed of IE8. Gecko is still the second-quickest engine after WebKit - faster than both Presto and Trident.

  2. The Unexpected Bill

    Nice to see that Windows 2000 is still in...

    But first (although I'm sure other commenters will have brought this to your attention): there appears to be a typo in the link leading to the Firefox download page. It looks like there is an errant "L" (lowercase).

    Anyway...I'm so glad to see that Windows 2000 users are in at least as per the System Requirements page. (I haven't run it there yet.) Yes, some of you may think this is silly, but there are some people still around who feel that Windows 2000 still stands out as the best job Microsoft ever did on a Windows release. They may have to pry it from my cold, dead hard drive...

    1. Imagus
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      Glad to see I'm not the only one who still uses Windows 2000. I've been using it for about 7 years now (it took me quite some time to give up Win 98SE), and I've yet to see my first BSOD . Also I refuse to buy any operating system that requires "activation", no matter how much eye-candy it has.

      OTOH, if I really want to use an up-to-date system, I just boot up Linux from my other partition.

    2. Anonymous Coward
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      Given how little difference there is between Windows 2000 and XP there really is no reason (at least not for a browser) to not support Windows 2000 if XP is being supported.

  3. Bill Gould

    No change?

    I didn't uninstall my previous version and saw something flash by really quick about upgading. No faster, all my add-ons still work. The only change I can see is that the version number incremented.

    I might try an uninstall/reinstall on one of my home boxes to see if that makes a difference.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Not as exciting as the heady days of the 'old' browser wars, but a significant release none-the-less.

    As a developer, I'm excited about the dev features - aside from that, looking forward to a speed improvement.

    ... right, cue inevitable barrage of 'bloatware' 'I use xx because' 'firefox sucks because' ...

  5. Jacko

    The ACID test

    taking the test

    in FF3.6 runs in 21.11 secs and fails 8 tests. Chrome runs in 2.18 on my setup and fails 5. So not perfect but waaaay quicker...

    1. fwibbler

      The ACID test

      Odd isn't it.

      FF3.5.7 only fails 7 here.

      1. Dan 109

        The ACID test

        Odd isn't it.

        FF 3.6 only fails 6 here.

    2. heyrick Silver badge

      Fails 7 in 4.89s

      Firefox 3.5.7.

      Actually, some tests passed, but took too long.

      If you didn't already know, click the capital 'A' for a report.


      Failed 7 tests.

      Test 26 passed, but took 808ms (less than 30fps)

      Test 40 passed, but took 50ms (less than 30fps)

      Test 54 passed, but took 793ms (less than 30fps)

      Test 65 passed, but took 120ms (less than 30fps)

      Test 70 failed: UTF-8 encoded XML document with invalid character did not have a well-formedness error

      Test 71 failed: expected '1' but got '2' - wrong number of children in HEAD (first test)

      Test 75 failed: anim.beginElement is not a function

      Test 76 failed: expected '0' but got '100' - Incorrect animVal value after svg animation.

      Test 77 failed: expected '4776' but got '5560' - getComputedTextLength failed.

      Test 78 failed: expected '90' but got '0' - getRotationOfChar(0) failed.

      Test 79 failed: expected '34' but got '33' - SVGSVGTextElement.getNumberOfChars() incorrect

      Total elapsed time: 4.89s


      Note, incidentally, that the test uses some things that have not even been standardised yet, which makes me question its usefulness as a web standards compliance tester!

      Still, given the MS bashing going on right now, Wiki reports "IE8 scores 20/100".

      Yup - IE 8.0.6001.18702 took 11.89 seconds to FAIL 80 of the 100 tests (no, I'm not posting that lot...).

      Now, need we say more about IE? Ever? <smug grin>

    3. Chris Lowe
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      Chrome dev channel 100/100 in acid test

      @Jacko - interesting, I'm using Chrome from the dev channel and it passes the Acid test perfectly.

      Good luck to this FF release, I still use FF quite a bit and there is still much to like - this release definitely feels more responsive, esp. at start up. I was also getting about a 25% boost in the Sun Spider test.

  6. Daniel Bennett

    now includes a data cache, so it doesn't have to hit your hard drive each time you use it.

    Erm... so more RAM usage?

    This is exactly what I hate about FF... RAM usage is getting stupid now.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Is it?

      I keep FF running on my 1GB netbook, and it gets put to sleep when not needed.. and I never have any memory use issues.. The only time the browser is shut down or restarted is when it's updated (and my distro doesn't track updates too slavishly).

      I'm genuinely curious as to what causes this, as I don't see it.. is it a windows thing, and how low does the memory in a machine have to be to notice? I only have the one doze machine (for games) with the bog standard 6 GB triple channel setup, so it's hard for me to test.

  7. Christoph


    The new Personas (see the welcome screen) are very impressive. Over 30,000 ways to make your toolbars illegible!

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Which is why..... can preview them and see if it makes you want to return your lunch for inspection!

  8. Tom Maddox Silver badge


    I'll just lurk around in anticipation of the spew of bilious hatred from the Opera user community.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    ... @moaners about RAM usage

    My current session - Under 100m - with two addons and 6 tabs open.

    It all depends how many plugins you've got and what the heck your viewing!

    If any of your open tabs are laden with adverts, flash animations, poor ajax implementations etc., it's going to impact memory usage!

    On mac, Safari, with 4 tabs open is pushing 100k - and running 2 additional processes (WebKitPlugin)

    Have a gander at how Opera and ie fare under the same load and then complain about RAM usage, OR check how many addons you've got running!

    1. Martin Edwards

      100 MB of memory for a browser with six pages open

      That's good is it? Aye, how times have changed...

  10. Anonymous Coward

    There's already a solution to the flash problem

    It's called NOFLASH -- though if webmasters would use a bit of common sense and not bloat their pages with unecessary flash, spyware, scripts, adverts and other annoyances and stick to plain simple HTML, most web pages would be a lot faster and a lot easier to read without the distractions.

  11. Simon Preston

    About Opera user community.... ;)

    Opera 10.10

    Failed 0 tests.

    Test 26 passed, but took 69ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 69 passed, but took 28 attempts (less than perfect).

    Total elapsed time: 0.54s

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Opera - well done, but...

      Opera? - 2.3% of the market, less than Safari... you have to question why that's the case.

      Yep, part is down to marketing, but the most telling factor is the 'tried it, didn't like it' factor.

      Whatever, it's at 2.3% for a reason as far as I'm concerned - it's just not hitting the right notes... oooh, excuse the rotten pun...

      1. Charlie Clark Silver badge
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        Tried it?

        Most people will use the default browser for their OS unless they are technically adventurous or they trust someone else who is and installs them for it. Of those who do install it 10:1 they regularly try all available browsers and use "the best tool for the job". It turns out that for standard browsing Opera is the best tool for the job. Very much looking forward "hot chocolate".

        1. John 62

          I love Opera, but...

          I use Opera as my main browser. For me it is a browser for power users who don't care about plugins. However, not everyone is a power user and they will care about the following things...

          1) all the skins are terrible, except Carthago and BeOS (though I used to flirt with the old Safari-style skins). On the other hand, Carthago, while it itself is boring and may be considered ugly, it is extremely discreet. Only Chrome on the Mac comes close. I quite liked the Safari 4 beta 'top tabs' - which I think was the most minimal standard browser UI yet.

          2) the default UI is stupid. I have to strip it down, getting rid of the 'New Tab' button, getting rid of the close button on each tab, getting rid of the new visual tabs, getting rid of the status bar and putting hyperlink destinations in tooltips and a few others. Maybe the default UI is what many people use, but Chrome's default UI makes me think otherwise, because despite a couple of differences from my Opera setup and me not telling Google how I like my browser set up, they seem to have almost read my mind.

          3) if you're not a power user and you know IE, something else, which looks quite similar but is slightly different will confuse you. I wouldn't switch my parents to Opera from IE8. Or Safari. Though I would recommend Chrome, which saves browser sessions and starts up very much faster than IE on their hardware.

          In my view, Google saw Opera, loved it and decided they could spread the Opera goodness more effectively than Opera themselves. Google hasn't quite got there yet, but it is pretty damn close and getting closer each release. Perhaps with the latest Unity feature, Opera is actually pimping itself for a Google buyout. I can't quite see a personal need for Unity yet, but it looks cool and deserves a wider audience that only someone like Google or Apple can provide.

      2. Shug

        Lies, damned lies and statistics

        Well done for Opera indeed! Nothing can touch it for speed.

        Browser usage statistics can be very misleading. Opera does not generate additional page hits when navigating back through page history, because unlike other browsers the cached content is reused so no requests are sent to the server. One of the reasons it's the fastest browser out there.

        Also as Gecko browsers, such as Firefox, pre-fetch linked web pages, this will increase hits which will lead to overestimation of usage. Link fetching in Gecko-based browsers is used on pages with enhanced markup, including Google search results.

      3. Roby

        Why don't I use Opera

        I tried Opera. And I actually preferred it. I loved how much faster it was (both start up and page loading times). So how come I don't use it? I tell myself that it's because of Firefox extensions that I'd miss, but the real reason is a very minor complaint - there is no way to make ctrl+click open a link in a new tab like every other browser. I don't even ctrl+click very often, I mostly use mouse gestures, but when I do try it, and find that the page opens in the current tab, it really pisses me off. It always seems to happen when I'm writing a long post.

        And more recently Opera Unite, which is automatically bundled with it, put me right off it. Sort of lost its unique selling point imo by bundling unnecessary bloat with it. Please don't tell me that it's disabled by default or that I don't have to use it. It's the fact that it is there, part of the program, being loaded into memory but never used. I want my browser to browse the web only. If someone wants it to do something else, they can use an add-on of some kind.

        I wouldn't want my chair to have a table mode included just in case someone out there wants to use it as a table. Even though I never have to enable table mode, it would still annoy me, and I'd be more likely to use a chair that is just a chair.

        1. Bart Tyszka

          RE: Why don't I use Opera

          There's no need to CTRL-CLICK to open a link in a new window...

          just press the middle mouse button.

          Easier, and you don't have to lift a hand to the keyboad.

          Back to Opera, now?

        2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

          Not sure about the buttons

          But I do sympathise - used to Cmd + Click on Mac OS to open a new window in Opera, Safari, Firefuck and Chrome. Haven't found consistent keys on Windows so I suspect this is down to OS guidelines rather than browsers themselves and seeing as Opera pioneered browser tabs it might be worth cutting them some slack for such "unexpected" behaviour.

        3. heyrick Silver badge

          Opera Unite

          Oh, yes. I saw that on the Opera site. While the world and their uncle is starting to (tragically slowly) wake up to "security is important", Opera provides something to stream music and share files from your computer...

          ...streaming your own music (in fact, doing anything with music) is mostly likely the biggest legal minefield of this decade (other than the mandatory colonoscopy required prior to all transatlantic flights in a US-inward direction).

          ...and files. Granting access to files. On my harddisc. Gee, why not just open up a Windows share to the world? If I need to share files, they are either 'hidden' on my website or stuck on a private ftp drop. The world and my filesystem do not mix. Absolute rule.

      4. Anonymous Coward

        Part of it is the charmless interface, doubtless..

        ..and the faff involved in setting up decent ad blocking (seems to be style sheet kludges in Opera to hide ads)...

        The main reason, however, may well be because Opera users keep popping up and being so annoying and smug- turning into one of those might be unfortunate.

  12. Teoh Han Hui

    Promoted from RC2

    I went looking for an update before realizing that it's the exact same build as RC2.

  13. Greg J Preece

    Been using Shiretoko by accident

    Hooked the wrong repository into Ubuntu, got nightly builds by accident, and I have to say, if not for the different name, I wouldn't have noticed. Even under development it's been stable. Haven't really noticed any speed increases yet, but to be honest my machine at work desperately needs a nicer GFX card for the res it runs at, so it's probably down to that.

  14. Mike VandeVelde

    java grrr

    All well and good, except that Java applets all of a sudden quit running. Apparently need at least Java 6 Update 10:

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: java grrr

      Fsck me, even if you're running Update 9 your only nine updates out of date. And seeing as some of those updates fixed security issues, I can't say I blame Mozilla for not running such old versions of the Java plugin.

    2. Anonymous Coward

      Update 10....!!!?

      They've recently released Update 18, so you are just a few versions behind.

  15. Mike Kamermans

    about ram usage...

    Mostly @@Daniel Bennett, remember why you buy that RAM? It's there as secondary memory to the cpu's primary mem. You buy loads of it so that it can be filled up, as a way to not have to use the two or even three orders of magnitude slower tertiary memory (harddisk, flash drive, NAS, what have you).

    A machine running slower because you have "less ram free" makes about as much sense as a company claiming they're going to have to cut cost because profit has gone down. You have that ram *so that it can be used*. Firefox (or any other browser or utility program you run along side your normal apps) taking up even something as ridiculous as 500mb of ram means you probably still have a good 3GB free for other applications.

    Computing 101 time: you buy ram so that it can be used. Not so that it can sit there without being used. memory that's not in use isn't like racing stripes. It doesn't make your computer faster.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Riiight ...

      That's just ridiculous. Generally the two camps are people who buy memory because their apps demand it, and the spotty oiks who want to play Top Trumps with their mates. RAM being cheap doesn't justify apps using it willy-nilly. Maybe when you get to your second term in school they'll tell you about 'throwing silicon (i.e. money) at a problem. Sloppy. Inefficient. Amateurish.

      "taking up even something as ridiculous as 500mb of ram means you probably still have a good 3GB free for other applications."

      Probably? Ah - from Programming 101? My program needs this much RAM. Maybe it could be improved, but why bother? People probably have 6 time that for other stuff. Don't need to check for this major crash-inducing condition. It'll probably never happen. Probably is a word best avoided when you're being supercilious. It shows you're arm-waving.

      1. lukewarmdog


        "That's just ridiculous. Generally the two camps are people who buy memory because their apps demand it, and the spotty oiks who want to play Top Trumps with their mates"

        My machines all came with RAM. I would like it to be used optimally to power my apps. I've never seen any spotty oiks playing Top Trumps. Do spotty oiks even have mates? Ones that can read? To reiterate.. all that memory doing NOTHING can be used to make your browser go faster. In other news pope, branch of Christianity. Bears, wood.

      2. madsenandersc

        Well, there is RAM usage, and then there is RAM usage.

        There is a major difference between using RAM by the application itself and by using it for a cache. The first type of usage may be problematic in a scenario where there is a shortage of available RAM, while the second type (cache) simply will reduce itself to make room whenever requested to by the OS.

        Provided that the application and the cache management is well-behaved of course, but that goes for any application.

        1. Bilgepipe


          People whining about losing 400Mb out of 2 or 3 gigs of RAM are being anal, or stupid, or both. RAM is there to be used, is there some kind of propeller-head competition for having the most amount of free RAM while having the most number of web pages open?

          Fucking /Outlook/ is using as much as Firefox on this machine, just to display a list of frakkin emails. Get lives, ffs.



    They changed the tabs behaviour that's existed since FF featured them.

    Now all tabs open relative to the current tab instead of to the right of the last tab.

    No option in the Tabs section of the options dialogue to alter this (you have to go into about:config > browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent and set to false).

    What is it with the arrogance of Mozilla? They impose changes from above and then leave the users to figure out how to change things back without giving anyyone an easy way - via the options.

    The 'awesome' barwas the same - it took some time and many complaints before they relented and allowed us to easily switch off its (anti-)functionality.

    Anyone would think they didn't rely on grassroots support and good word of mouth to get where they are today and that all that mattered to them now was Google's $$$s and dictating their latest idea on their users.

    1. The Unexpected Bill

      Re: tabs by

      I must admit that I'm surprised more people haven't complained about the ever-changing behavior of tabs. (And while I'm at it, the extension model. Having an extendable browser is *nice* but Mozilla really need to stop making extensions incompatible with every major release!)

      First we had the close buttons moving around. And then we had the "close the last tab and watch your browser disappear entirely. (This one really annoyed me. I like to close all my tabs rapid-fire when I'm done with them and then "tear off" a new browser window by closing the last tab.)

      I'd better not even get started on the change of locations that the downloads folder experienced in 3.5...

      The good news is that Firefox is a great browser if you ignore the quirks or can reconfigure them. And thankfully, it appears that you can. (Oh, and I'm stil thrilled that it runs on Windows 2000!)

  17. Neil 7

    FF3.6 failed 6 in 0.13s...

    while IE8 on the same machine (i7 870 oc'd to 3.4Ghz) failed 80 in... oh I dunno, the error dialog box wasn't large enough to give me the elapsed time. Shocking performance from IE8! :)

  18. jon 77

    Nah FF is buddies...

    what, me hate FF??? only as much as a fancy car owner looks at a van driver....

    Just installed FF36 - it imported adblock, ant download, chatzilla, zoomlevel, java from ff35..

    zoom set to 120%, 30 items in adblock..

    Failed 8 tests. (92/100)

    Test 26 passed, but took 1718ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 33 passed, but took 38ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 37 passed, but took 58ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 39 passed, but took 56ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 40 passed, but took 113ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 43 passed, but took 84ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 46 passed, but took 52ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 65 passed, but took 50ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 69 passed, but took 59 attempts (less than perfect).

    Test 71 failed: is not a function

    Test 72 failed: doc.images is undefined

    Test 75 failed: anim.beginElement is not a function

    Test 76 failed: expected '0' but got '100' - Incorrect animVal value after svg animation.

    Test 77 failed: expected '4776' but got '5560' - getComputedTextLength failed.

    Test 78 failed: expected '90' but got '0' - getRotationOfChar(0) failed.

    Test 79 failed: expected '34' but got '33' - SVGSVGTextElement.getNumberOfChars() incorrect

    Test 80 failed: linktest link couldn't be found

    Total elapsed time: 8.78s


    Opera 1010, 120% zoom, java, full adblock list with 1700 items..

    see here -

    Failed 1 tests. (99/100)

    Test 26 passed, but took 1688ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 40 passed, but took 47ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 65 passed, but took 203ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 71 passed, but took 156ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 76 failed: expected '0' but got '100' - Incorrect animVal value after svg animation.

    Test 79 passed, but took 62ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 80 passed, but took 47ms (less than 30fps)

    Total elapsed time: 4.69s

    :) .... and then leaves them standing at the lights...

    But yeah, they are rather isolated, hate making a big show, then moan about others, reducing their reputation even further... :( :(

  19. Anonymous Coward
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    "Awesome Bar"...?

    Dear ghod no. Not another load of teenage-developer-loaded-on-own-coolness bollocks. I don't want to be reminded of all my typos and one-time visits - if I don't bookmark it, chances are I don't care to see it again. Ever.

    On that note, they should fix the bloody bookmarking usecase. I have not yet created any bookmarks where I didn't click the Folder-dropdown to put it into a structure. What kind of morons are they coding for who don't organize their bookmarks?

    This piece of bloatware crap is getting steadily worse and now they're pushing even more into memory. "Not accessing your harddisk" my hairy ears - ever heard of a thing called "swap"? They're painting a bit fat target on themselves for Chrome to nuke, that's for sure... It works, leave it alone and go muck up something else please. *grumble*

    1. Greg J Preece

      You can always not use it, you know

      It is an option.

      Personally I like the new address bar. If I forgot to bookmark something and I can't remember the address, I can type in a few vaguely related keywords and feck me, there it is. No rooting around in the history, just use the address bar.

      And this is FF - if you don't like it, switch it off. Or go onto a news website and have a good old moan about "bloatware".

    2. Roby
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      if you make a typo

      You can use the up and down keys to select something in the address bar, and then press the delete key to remove it.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        But the point is...

        ...I *have* to do something to get rid of singletons instead of just having them go quietly into the good night when I close the browser. Manual noise filtering is not a good idea. What's next - "awesome email control, just delete spam as it arrives"? :-)

  20. Sureo
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    looks good to me

    Downloaded and installed (upgrade) in seconds, runs great, obviously faster, on Reg's site anyway.

  21. John Sanders
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    Now if they could fix the bookmarks

    For me the only thing left to be fixed is the bookmarks, I find very annoying that when you search for a bookmark once you find, it it doesn't show its location within the bookmarks tree.

    If like me you have hundreds of categories under hundreds of folders, if you lose a bookmark, you need to know where the hell it is.

    Opera is top notch on that respect, sad they removed the menus on the last beta.

  22. Haku

    One feature I want is...

    ...when you have a few dozen tabs open in one or several windows, things like Adobe's Flashplayer being simply embedded in a webpage without anything actually playing in the case of YouTube/Vimeo etc. can cause high CPU usage, especially if several tabs have flash embedded in the page.

    I use tabs extensively to keep track of many forums, news sites, eBay searches, general searches, general information etc., it's a much easier way to keep an eye on several things at once rather than using a slew of bookmarks with just a few tabs open and having to continually select bookmarked links to load the pages you want to view.

    So the feature I want is that when a tab/window hasn't been viewed for a set amount of time (say two minutes) then the browser simply 'freezes' it and doesn't allow any .java/javascript/flash etc. on the page to consume any CPU time, until you go to the tab and start interacting with the page.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton


      I agree. Once I visited a smutty website and it spawned one of those pop-under advertisements with a fucking* flash (flesh?) live webcam eating all my CPU and network. After some time with slow downloads I decided to track it down.

      If there were a tab/window freezing (plugins AND networking) for those pages out of focus, it would be perfect.

      * now you imagine if this "fucking" was a literal one or not.

      Paris and AC, of course.

  23. Mark Aggleton
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    It's FartFux

    Nuf said. God there are some really anal people around with all Acid tests. And anyone who says 'it's so customisable' must be one of those arseholes who puts Lexus lights on a perfectly good car to completely ruin it's looks. If the supplier can't get it right and has to leave it to you to customise it go elsewhere.

    Rant over.

    1. Old Marcus

      Christ on a f*cking bike

      One size does not fit all. I find the default setup fine, but I prefer it tweaked my way.

  24. David Gosnell

    Next version to be 4.0?

    Cool. All those lazy legacy scripts that check for navigator.appVersion >= 4 will spring back into life! We can party like it's 1997, Geocities style...

    (except of course, most if not all modern browsers seem to report at least 5, presumably for that very reason)

  25. Defiant

    Great For Binux Fans

    Will all the Firefox sheep please remember that its not optimised for Windows so will never be faster than Internet Explorer or Opera, FACT!

    1. Rob Farnell

      Well not the official releases

      If you want an optimised build, you can compile it yourself or get someone else to do it:

      Some good ones are or here

    2. Greg J Preece

      Ah, FACTS!

      I love people who yell "FACT!" at the end of their posts. They remind me of Speak You're Branes.

      And as I'm on Linux, am I still a sheep? Please, do tell.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        If you like branes so much...

        ...why don't you go and live there?


    3. Old Marcus

      I LOLed

      Lots of linux users complain about it being slower on Linux than windows, so I think FACT is the wrong word. Perhaps GREAT BIG STINKING IGNORANT OPINION would be more appropriate?

    4. jon 77

      hello, sheep master..

      how is your flock??

  26. SilverWave

    Its Good - Like it.

    They are starting to narrow the gap with Chrome which is good.

    I use Chromium for opening stupid big html files.

    Firefox for everything else.

    The new 3.6 continuous improvement dev model is a great idea.

    Much to my shame I even like Personas...


    3.6 tips:

    about:support is nice and has a button to open up you profile location.

    Turn on browser.ctrlTab.previews

    Control Tab shows all tabs in preview and you can search.

    Saving Space until 4.0

    To save space I now use "Toggle menu bar" from Toolbar Buttons.

    This way I can have my cake and eat it too :)

    (That is save space and still have easy access to my tools).

    This allows me to just hide the Menu Bar until I need it. Simple, Neat.

    Toolbar Buttons

    If used with Hide Caption then most of the time I am saving 2 toolbars worth of screen real estate.

    1. Anonymous Coward


      Opera is the speed demon to beat. The latest 10.50 kills Chrome in Javascript performance...

      Either way, this is just another Firefix borefest, there will be a 3.6.01 released before the end of next week to patch security holes....

  27. jon 77

    'it's so customisable' ???????????

    No, I'm being serious... :( I hear all this 'great' stuff about 'personas'...

    to find it is only a 'bitmap background' ??? PLEASE tell me I am missing something, or it only works in vista or win 7... I'm still using 'comfortable' XP... :)

    I look up 'customize' in FF, to find ONLY 12 or so things to change, unless I want to spend AGES searching for add ons... :(

    erm, check that one i mentioned earlier, even in basic just downloaded form, the 'customization/appearance SUBmenu has more *headings* than that, each with 10 to 15 options, to say nothing for those you can add using a text editor... :)

  28. Anonymous Coward

    Still got the blank toolbar bug in it

    I've had it a day and already it has decided to stop displaying any icons in the toolbar. Shame really I was quite liking it. Much more responsive than 3.5

  29. WHO

    ACID Test

    FF 3.6

    Failed 8 tests.

    Test 26 passed, but took 311ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 40 passed, but took 34ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 65 passed, but took 58ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 71 failed: is not a function

    Test 72 failed: doc.images is undefined

    Test 75 failed: anim.beginElement is not a function

    Test 76 failed: expected '0' but got '100' - Incorrect animVal value after svg animation.

    Test 77 failed: expected '4776' but got '5560' - getComputedTextLength failed.

    Test 78 failed: expected '90' but got '0' - getRotationOfChar(0) failed.

    Test 79 failed: expected '34' but got '33' - SVGSVGTextElement.getNumberOfChars() incorrect

    Test 80 failed: linktest link couldn't be found

    Total elapsed time: 2.37s


    Failed 2 tests.

    Test 26 passed, but took 943ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 65 passed, but took 46ms (less than 30fps)

    Test 79 failed: character position 32, which is between a character not in Plane 0 (high surrogate pair) and a character not in Plane 0 (low surrogate pair), is 74478 but should be 74400.

    Test 97 failed: expected 'one' but got 'fail' - data: failed as escaped

    Total elapsed time: 2.10s

    Two years ago I gave up Opera because of all the HTTPS sites that block them. Went to FF and don't plan on moving.

    1. jon 77


      "Two years ago I gave up Opera because of all the HTTPS sites that block them. Went to FF and don't plan on moving."

      NOT opera's fault- it is the dumb authors believing the FF FUD...

      TWO YEARS??? that is DECADES in web time....

  30. Anonymous Coward

    open in New Tab doesn't seem to work?

    when I right-click on a link and select Open Link in New Tab the link loads in a new tab loads but the doesn't autoload, I have to go to the Address Bar and press Enter?

    any ideas?

    (BTW: Anonymous Coward because I can generally work these things out myself ;-)

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Woo, not at all exciting...

    A lack of excitement is exactly what I want in my browser, though. IE is excitement.

    This FFox seems fine.. a bit quicker than the old one maybe (but the old one was perfectly nice, even on my puniest machine). The thing to warn people about out of date plugins is very welcome though- it should save a fair few people from Adobe ownage.

    So yes, a really uneventful and painless upgrade, been using it most of the day without noticing much other than a very slight speedup on the slowest machines. <3 firefox on my desktop, Opera in "turbo mode" when using my 3g connection on the move- or Safari on the IPod touch.. ain't choice just grand?

  32. tux08

    Waiting for the Bugs to be Ironed Out

    Installed 3.6.0-1.1 64bit openSuSE build today.

    Problems so far:

    vmware remote console no longer works.

    After exiting the program, it must be restarted in safe mode prior to restarting normally otherwise the program fails to start.

    Its about as stable as an emu on acid [lots of crashes]

    After trying all the usual tricks: uninstalling add-ons, using a blank profile, etc, I have reverted to 3.5.7.

    Hopefully this is just a problem with this build, but for now, it's a FAIL.

    1. Old Marcus


      It fails because an obscure feature that vmware users may or may not use doesn't work? I take it humanity fails because we don't all have a built in attitude for mass murder, a feature that few people use.

  33. MarkOne

    "Personas" - how lame.

    They all look horrible. At leasy Opera's Speed Dial backgrouds actually look decent...

  34. Anonymous Coward
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    I had a fight with the Firefox developers.

    The trouble is with Firefox - that it leaks like a sieve.

    Memory leaks - huge HUGE memory leaks.

    And the idiotic Firefox Beurocracy - they allow people to develop and put up 1 million and one plugs in's or extensions and then they attach a warning "Oh be careful when installing software from untrusted sources"....

    Like "Oh how in the fuck can you tell if it's a maliciously programmed extension until you do install it?" (idiots).

    And when all the crashes start happing - the forum fuckwits with all the answers and non of the experience say "OH it's the extensions, the plug in's - these are what is causing the memory leaks and crashes....."

    The short answer to that is "And do you have proof based upon your own expereinces?"

    The real issue with the plug in's - is that NONE of them are subjected to a standardised test for compatibility with the program it's self AND with the other extensions (or plug in's), because none of the fucking idiots in the Mozilla Foundation decided to implement screening in the free for all browser plug in creation schemes.....

    So now there are 10 million and one plug-in's for Firefox.

    But the real scam with all these fucking advice givers is that I have done the "disable and restart" all the plug in's racket a few times myself... and not a damned thing changed - BECAUSE Firefox has flaws in it's code base - that cause the memory leak based crashes.....

    The program it's self has serious defects.

    So there needs to be a standardised automated testing of all the plug in's.

    They also need to be "certified" as being "friendly" and the developers need to weed out the memory leak causing bugs in the program.

    1. Anonymous Coward


      If the problems are as bad as you say, then step-up to the plate and come up with some patches to fix the dang thing.

      I have personally NEVER had an issue with any of the FF versions leaking memory. FF3.6 is sitting on about 62Mb ram used and adds an extra 4Mb per tab opened on average.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: @callmeshame

        Ah, the old you-do-better-then call. You don't have to be able to do better yourself to see when it's done wrong and point it out, luckily for most people here. As for the second paragraph - prove it. (Hint - since you've emphasised never, you'd better have a time machine as well as the photoshopped screenshots you might produce.)

      2. Keith Oldham


        Agree with the above : FF3.5 been used all day and is at ~90MB of which 20MB is shared mem. - this on OpenSUSE 11.2

    2. Anonymous Coward

      It has to be said

      You probably weren't taken seriously, as you're an illiterate, ranty pillock.

      FF devs have a finite amount of time, and time to have to triage incoming junk like that rather hard.

  35. jon 77

    isnt open source & user extensions luvly??? :p

    @callmeshane 1: yes, that is the why opera does not do them, and the blind users hate them for it...

    Use the browser for 'surfing' ???? they are too busy using it for social networking, organising schedules, showing what flashy widget they have just got working...

  36. Anonymous Coward

    Won't load my bank's website

    Weird, but Firefox 3.6 won't, unlike previous versions, play nice with my bank's website (HBOS). It just hangs, stuck trying to load. Loads just fine in Safari. And this is the only thing I've found wrong with it so far.

  37. Defiant

    Yep you are

    I love people who yell "FACT!" at the end of their posts."

    He then says

    "And as I'm on Linux, am I still a sheep? Please, do tell."

    Yes bahhhhhh

  38. John Sanders

    Personas is a bad joke

    I do not understand how can the Mozilla guys think that slapping a bitmap over the toolbars makes FF looks good, there are only one or two of those bitmaps which are actually any good looking.

    I've found that the theme "cromifox basic 3.6.1" makes FF looks quite good (Chrome-like).

    Besides personas I think that this release is quite solid, what 3.5.x should have been in the first place.

  39. chris 130

    Flash Ah Arrrrrr, he'll save everyone of us.....

    Nuff said

    and its in the same fantasy scheme of things.

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