Firefox 6 is here, unofficially (edit: Now Official)

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    it seems pretty quick to me. and doesn't take up as much ram as safari. safari's new animations are neat, but i'll probably switch back to firefox now, actually.
     
  3. cinematicme macrumors member

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    Actually Firefox 8 is here as well. http://nightly.mozilla.org/

    The memory footprint is DRASTICALLY reduced, about ~500mb in Firefox 5/6 but in 8 its only ~150mb and its FAST, really FAST.
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5

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    Firefox 8 should be moving to Aurora status soon, and with that happening comes the first Firefox 9 nightlies. I wonder what Mozilla has planned for number 9?
     
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    I can only imagine that they will incorporate more memleak improvements and maybe trim down the code a bit.

    I find it suprising that Mozilla has such a quick paced Major Version timeline set up. 5, then 6, then 7 so quickly?
     
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    ^^ it seems like their faster release plan has been going well (Google does this with chrome almost to the point of absurdity... Sometimes I pull my netbook out after not using it for a few weeks and I've missed two or three Chrome "major" releases.)

    It's good to see FF working on the underbody. I'll have to think about pulling up FF 6 or beta 7 on my netbook soon and checking them out!
     
  9. cinematicme macrumors member

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    Snag the nightly Firefox 8, its a decent amount ahead of 6 and 7 performance wise
     
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    Awesome, it will be nice to get in on this early!

    And for you peeps on FF 8, are there any really bad rendering problems, CPU spikes when idle/scrolling, or anything terribly buggy that would deter me from giving it a try?

    Also, can you run the stable and Nightly builds parallel to each other?
     
  11. cinematicme macrumors member

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    So far I've had no problems whatsoever with FF8, I'm using it right now. As far as i know you can't run them paralell.
     
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    Do any of the FF5 plugins work on 8? Or 6, for that matter?
     
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    Plugins, yes. Those work... unless you mean extensions, which are an entirely different beast.
     
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    Ah, you're correct, I meant extensions.
     
  15. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5

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    Update: Firefox 6 has now hit Mozilla's main site.

    Firefox 5 users should get automatically upgraded with no hassles.
    Anyone still on Firefox 4 MIGHT get automatically upgraded as well - if not, a visit to About Firefox will kick-start the upgrade.
    Firefox 3.6 and older users will need to manually download Firefox 6, assuming their computers meet the system requirements.
     
  16. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Good to see, I haven't much liked Firefox since version 4 because of how much memory it uses compared to Chrome.
     
  17. msalman macrumors member

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    I tried 8 - it is definitely faster than its predecessors. Memory for me was around 230-250mb. I expect the memory to go up with more tabs and flash videos but it looks much better already. Unfortunately, my couple of essential add-ons aren't available for 8 so I'll have to stick with 6 for now.
     
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