Firefox 5 beta released for desktop, mobile

May 23, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog
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(PhysOrg.com) -- The beta version of Firefox 5, a popular cross-platform web browser, now has release versions ready for both the desktop and the mobile browser user groups. The beta does not have many noticeable differences from the current version of the browser, Firefox 4, aside from the introduction of the channel changer feature and the move of Do Not Track to users privacy settings.

While you may not be able to see the changes in the visually in the , this new version does represent two serious upgrades to the browser. The first is to fix the list of bugs the end users found in the current version of the software. The second is to allow for a higher level of support for different types of programming languages and tools such as: HTML5, MathML, SMIL, and CSS animations.

Now, lets take a look at the that you would be getting with the beta. The channel changer allows you to switch back and forth between the different versions of the software without putting in a separate installer. So, if you do not like this version you can go back and get the old one without an uninstall and reinstall.

The second issue is the opt-in Do Not Track feature. In the version 5 beta this feature is also being added to the mobile browser. At the first glance it seems like a really cool feature for browsing in stealth mode, but it is worth bearing in mind that this system will not keep you hidden if the sites that you visit do not have the ability to recognize the header code that this feature sends out. So, consider it at best mixed browsing.

The beta will be short lived, since the full version is expected to launch on June 21st.

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More information: Firefox 5 release notes

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sstritt
1 / 5 (1) May 23, 2011
How 'bout a version that doesn't crash all the time.
Noumenon
4.9 / 5 (44) May 23, 2011
Firefox almost ever crashes. You have other problems with your system!
epsi00
not rated yet May 23, 2011
How 'bout a version that doesn't crash all the time.


Well, Firefox does not crash on my pc, ever. try disabling your add-on one at a time to see if the problem comes from one of them. There used to be a way to start firefox in safe mode ( where no add-on is loaded ) but I don't see this option anymore. Even if it is not one of the add-on, I am pretty sure it's another piece of software and not firefox.
poof
not rated yet Jun 01, 2011
Just wait a few months when they have FF22 out, then all the bugs will be fixed.