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Editorial Hands up if you use Firefox. Have used it? Know about it? Heard of it? 'Sites up and down the World Wide Web today will be celebrating five years of Firefox. When I sat down to write this I worried about having to list the history of its features and landmark events and the news of the past five years. Other sites will be comprehensively doing that, there is nothing I can add to that list that Google can't surmise. Instead I will be telling you what Google does not know, my story of Firefox and what Firefox has meant to all of us.
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You will find tons of informations on

Among those there are several teams working on:

- eletrolysis, the multiprocess architecture. The first implementation with plugins running in a different process should be for 3.7. One of the major improvements will be running the UI in a separate process so as to get a more reactive UI.

- work on cold/warm startup performance, you can already see some of the results in nightly builds and follow the weekly reports (

- Jetpack for add-ons, that you mentionned

- Personas, the light-weight themes (3.6)

- work on better controlling plugins in general and blocking bad plugins from installing/running

- New HTML5 parser for better performance and accuracy (landed in Trunk last week)

- WebGL support so as to use hardware acceleration in graphics card for 3D calculation (already on Trunk) but could actually be used in non-graphics context

And tons of other stuff, but I think that the aforementioned are the most promising in short/middle term.

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