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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RE[2]: Comment by jbicha
by jbicha on Tue 21st Jun 2011 17:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by jbicha"
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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[3]: Comment by jbicha
by vodoomoth on Tue 21st Jun 2011 17:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by jbicha"
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So what happens with incompatible add-ons? We just wait until their authors catch up when they've already had to catch up just months ago?

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RE[4]: Comment by jbicha
by Kivada on Tue 21st Jun 2011 17:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by jbicha"
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Open up the .xpi in a text editor and change the supported version string to 5.*.*

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