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Firefox 3.6 is Officially Ready for Download

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Get ready for a newer, fresher Firefox.

After a number of beta and release candidates, Mozilla has finally let loose the latest version of Firefox, bringing the free browser up to version 3.6.

For Firefox users, the latest version has one obvious reason to upgrade – speed. Mozilla says that its newest browser is more than 20 percent faster than Firefox 3.5.

Other new things in Firefox 3.6 include:

  • Personas: Personalize the look of your Firefox by selecting new themes called Personas in a single click and without a restart
  • Plugin Updater: To keep you safe from potential security vulnerabilities, Firefox will now detect out of date plugins
  • Stability improvements: Firefox 3.6 significantly decreased crashes caused by third party software – all without sacrificing our extensibility in any way
  • Form Complete: When filling out an online form, Firefox suggests information for fields based on your common answers in similar field
  • Performance: Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness, and startup time
  • Open Video and Audio: With the world’s best implementation of HTML 5 audio and video support, now video can be displayed full screen and supports poster frames

Check out this video for more:

Download Firefox 3.6 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux here.

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    flaminggerbil , 22 January 2010 16:45
    Decisions, decisions, upgrade now or wait a few weeks for them to iron out the impending issues..
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    Herr_Koos , 22 January 2010 19:54
    @ Rab1d-BDGR: They went through FIVE beta's with 3.6. I've been using it since beta 1 with little to no trouble. What seems to be the problem?
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    Otus , 22 January 2010 20:41
    @Herr_Koos: Don't forget the two RCs :) 
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    Herr_Koos , 23 January 2010 01:37
    True...
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    TegGhola , 23 January 2010 03:33
    Firefox is already fast, so why the sudden focus on speed? I'd rather they actually put some stuff back in (or at least offered the option). I still miss features like "form data" in page info.

    And I wish they'd build something like NoScript into the browser. Trusting that critical function to a third-party developer who has behaved questionably in the past makes me nervous.
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    flaminggerbil , 23 January 2010 04:30
    Gave in and updated it, seems reasonable enough other then some odd things going on when opening a new tab. Speed seems identical to previous version but the 'personas' are a nice touch.
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    flaminggerbil , 23 January 2010 21:12
    Rab1d-BDGRTab title text gets messed up in page transitions and the tabs open in an inconsistent order, sometimes they open next to the original page (new behaviour), other times as the rightmost tab (as in previous versions).

    That's the same issue I had, opening a link in a new tab gave stange results, sometimes opening at either ends of the list, other times opening in the middle.
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    Herr_Koos , 24 January 2010 10:30
    I haven't encountered this. To my knowledge the new behaviour, i.e. opening the new tab next to the current one, should be the default behaviour in all cases.
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    kyzar , 25 January 2010 21:43
    Would prefer a release for my Blackberry ;)