Linked by David Adams on Tue 21st Jun 2011 15:32 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has released the final version of Firefox 5.0 to download webistes ahead of the official announcement of the release. Here some features that are newly available on Firefox 5.0: Improved HTML 5 and CSS3 support, Improved overall performance, Firefox 5.0 Web apps, A Do-Not-Track option.
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Comment by jbicha
by jbicha on Tue 21st Jun 2011 15:45 UTC
jbicha
Member since:
2008-07-10

Firefox 5 does not have a built-in PDF Reader. Perhaps you could link to the real release notes.

https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/5.0/releasenotes/
https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/5.0/whatsnew/

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RE: Comment by jbicha
by OSbunny on Tue 21st Jun 2011 17:17 in reply to "Comment by jbicha"
OSbunny Member since:
2009-05-23

Well that what's new page makes absolutely no sense. All three features app tabs, switch tab and panorama are part of FF 4.0. So what's new in FF 5? Looks like its just a bug fix + minor features release. Doesn't deserve the major version number at all.

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RE[2]: Comment by jbicha
by jbicha on Tue 21st Jun 2011 17:26 in reply to "RE: Comment by jbicha"
jbicha Member since:
2008-07-10

Yes, you're right, that "what's new" page is worthless for those already using Firefox 4. The user-visible changes are very minimal.

Firefox 5's release cycle was the shortest ever, even Firefox 6 will have a longer time to cook as it's already been in alpha for several weeks. By bumping the version number, it gives Mozilla the opportunity to make bigger changes than they would if they only named these releases 4.1, 4.2 as that implies a certain API & UI stability.

Firefox 5 will be an automatic upgrade for Firefox 4 users similar to how Chrome works. Firefox 4 is no longer getting security updates; Firefox 5 /is/ the security update.

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RE[2]: Comment by jbicha
by tuma324 on Tue 21st Jun 2011 18:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by jbicha"
tuma324 Member since:
2010-04-09

Well that what's new page makes absolutely no sense. All three features app tabs, switch tab and panorama are part of FF 4.0. So what's new in FF 5? Looks like its just a bug fix + minor features release. Doesn't deserve the major version number at all.


they probably couldn't count up to 4.0.2 so they released 5.0.

Edited 2011-06-21 18:34 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by jbicha
by smitty on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 02:33 in reply to "RE: Comment by jbicha"
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Well that what's new page makes absolutely no sense. All three features app tabs, switch tab and panorama are part of FF 4.0. So what's new in FF 5? Looks like its just a bug fix + minor features release. Doesn't deserve the major version number at all.

The what's new page is what appears the first time someone opens the browser. As such, they limit it to only UI and other user visible changes since the average user doesn't even know what CSS or HTML is. You're right that they haven't changed the UI much at all in 5.

As far as bumping the major version number - Firefox is moving towards a timed (3 month) release schedule instead of the previous one based on features. The idea is that the version # should stop mattering so much, just like no one really cares that Chrome versions are already in double digits. The plan is to start automatically updating like Chrome does as well, but they need to get the extensions in better shape first.

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