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Final Firefox 4 beta released

Final Firefox 4 beta released

Firefox 4 has lots of new features, including cross-platform synchronisation and GPU acceleration.

The final beta of Mozilla's highly anticipated Firefox 4 browser has now been released for testing, promising over 7,000 bug fixes since the last beta release.

This instalment is the 12th beta version of the browser, after early glimpses first hit our screens in July 2009. According to The Mozilla Blog, the new beta 'delivers improved performance and responsiveness when watching videos on your favorite video websites.' As tech news site The Register points out, this basically means better Flash performance.

As well as improved performance, including GPU-based hardware acceleration, Firefox 4 also offers many other significant tweaks over its predecessors.

These include a new tab location, built-in cross-platform synchronisation, drag and drop tab organisation and improved stability for add-ons, which are hugely popular with Firefox.

Firefox 4 is due for release in the first half of this year, so we can expect plenty more information over the coming weeks. We suspect that it will accelerate the browser's uptake over Internet Explorer even further. If you want to take a look, you can download the latest beta here.

Have you taken any of the Firefox 4 betas for a test drive? Are any of the new features or tweaks awesome or awful? Let us know in the forums.

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sb1991 28th February 2011, 11:58 Quote
Now even more like Chrome, but still with a separate search bar and more add-ons. Pretty awesome.
mi1ez 28th February 2011, 12:05 Quote
Been using the beta for months and it feels ready for release. Really nice to use, fast and well laid-out.
Denis_iii 28th February 2011, 12:46 Quote
way way better then Chrome which i can't stand.
Tested last night and iplayer is working much better without having to double click to launch full screen.
Hope hotmail issues are fixed also but even more importantly I hope they've made firefox 4 beta work like previous versions with marking and remembering that download links have been used!
Mankz 28th February 2011, 12:49 Quote
I like Chrome so much I really can't see how this can be an improvement, so I'll be sticking with it until someone can seriously prove to me otherwise.
mclean007 28th February 2011, 12:54 Quote
PC Pro cite 7,000 bug fixes since first beta, whereas you say 7,000 since last beta - quite a difference given there have been, what, 10 intervening beta versions?! Can you clarify?
mclean007 28th February 2011, 12:55 Quote
EDIT: according to the Mozilla blog linked from the bit-tech article, it's 7,000 since first beta.
V3ctor 28th February 2011, 12:59 Quote
Is this Beta stable enough to use? I'm hearing of FF4 like Duke Nukem... it feels to me like allloooooong time...

Anyword on the day it will be final?
Unknownsock 28th February 2011, 13:07 Quote
Tbh I've had nothing but problems with the Beta over the last 2 releases.
antiHero 28th February 2011, 13:12 Quote
Been using it since beta one, but only since beta 10 as primary browser. Its stable as hell imho as it only crashed twice on me and both times the reason was Flash. The only thing i noticed was that sync is messing up my bookmarks while syncing between FF4 beta xx on windows and FF 3.6 on OSX.
I filled a bug report about it and it seems the problem is the addon in OSX
jrs77 28th February 2011, 13:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by V3ctor
Is this Beta stable enough to use? I'm hearing of FF4 like Duke Nukem... it feels to me like allloooooong time...

Anyword on the day it will be final?

Yes it's usable and stable for some month allready.

However, I still want a 64-bit-browser with all 64-bit-plugins instead of a new GUI that I don't like the way it is in FF4.
Phalanx 28th February 2011, 13:18 Quote
I've been using FF4 beta for months now and it just gets better and better in my opinion.
Elledan 28th February 2011, 13:19 Quote
I switched to Fx4b10 when I had to use it to develop a certain add-on (currently under review at the Fx add-on site :D ). It's been pretty much trouble-free for me. No weird issues which I could blame on Fx at least ;)

Can't wait for the RC :)
rickysio 28th February 2011, 15:27 Quote
Final? Then what's 4.0b13pre I'm using, then?
Elledan 28th February 2011, 15:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Final? Then what's 4.0b13pre I'm using, then?

Nightly build?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Firefox_4#Timeline

B12 is the final Beta version. Current nightlies should be labeled RC.
tennisball 28th February 2011, 15:37 Quote
I like it, but the scrolling isn't smooth, so back to Opera.
Phalanx 28th February 2011, 15:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by tennisball
I like it, but the scrolling isn't smooth, so back to Opera.

*cough* Advanced options > Allow Smooth Scrolling. *cough*
Smoothsmith 28th February 2011, 15:44 Quote
I've been using it since the first beta, since about 5 i've had no crashes or problems :) (Before 5 flash was f**ked though =P)

If you're a speed whore who doesn't care about looks use chrome, if you want something that looks neat & can be customized in useful ways (I moved the tabs down a pixel from the top of the screen so I can move maximized windows easier) it's awesome.
HourBeforeDawn 28th February 2011, 16:08 Quote
ya Im wondering if this release will be able to steal me back from Chrome... hmmm....
oatey4519 28th February 2011, 16:12 Quote
Chrome... its still over bloated.. and is try to become Chrome
I run the dev version of GC and it very rarely goes wrong.
Daedelus 28th February 2011, 16:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smoothsmith

If you're a speed whore who doesn't care about looks use chrome

Interesting comment. I'm curious to know who these people are who care about how their browser looks when all it is is a means of rendering HTML. Since Chrome is the best browser at adhering to W3 standards and is fast to boot, I still wonder why anyone uses any browser other than Chrome.
Farfalho 28th February 2011, 17:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Daedelus
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smoothsmith

If you're a speed whore who doesn't care about looks use chrome

Interesting comment. I'm curious to know who these people are who care about how their browser looks when all it is is a means of rendering HTML. Since Chrome is the best browser at adhering to W3 standards and is fast to boot, I still wonder why anyone uses any browser other than Chrome.

I have Opera and the fact why people care about how their browser looks it's because when rendering a page you don't want your screen filled up with options and buttons and other gimmicks that take pixels away. For example, Opera has a clean layout and very minimalistic, so you get the most of the visual space for you website navigation. As I don't use Chrome, I can't say if it's better but I do know that it has a minimalistic layout. Try having a browser that half of it is just options and some visual stuff other than the page itself.
bobwya 28th February 2011, 17:28 Quote
I tried the Firefox beta but found it was full of holes so went back to Firefox 3.6. I can believe Mozilla had to fix 7000 bugs because it did feel significant;y more buggy than previous FF betas!!
morkfromork 28th February 2011, 18:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by bobwya
I tried the Firefox beta but found it was full of holes so went back to Firefox 3.6. I can believe Mozilla had to fix 7000 bugs because it did feel significant;y more buggy than previous FF betas!!

Same as above. I tried it a while ago and it was so bad. Just installed it today and i have to say they have made some good changes to it. It now seems to run a lot slicker and with less bugs in it.
Volund 28th February 2011, 18:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Daedelus
Interesting comment. I'm curious to know who these people are who care about how their browser looks when all it is is a means of rendering HTML. Since Chrome is the best browser at adhering to W3 standards and is fast to boot, I still wonder why anyone uses any browser other than Chrome.

For me, it's still lack of obvious features.... I don't want to have to start in a private browsing session or to delete my history and cookies manually.... it is an obvious setting that is still not available. Also, seeing as my main browsing devices is my netbook, I havent really seen how it can be customised for smaller screens.
Madness_3d 28th February 2011, 18:37 Quote
Looking forward to seeing how it performs on Atom + Ion
ssj12 28th February 2011, 18:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Final? Then what's 4.0b13pre I'm using, then?

hold over in case there was going to be another beta. It will eventually change to either preRC1 or 4.#a1pre or 5a1pre
Gradius 28th February 2011, 21:26 Quote
Full 64-bit version (including plugins) would be really nice.
Denis_iii 1st March 2011, 13:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
I've been using FF4 beta for months now and it just gets better and better in my opinion.

+1
Denis_iii 1st March 2011, 13:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Daedelus
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smoothsmith

If you're a speed whore who doesn't care about looks use chrome

Interesting comment. I'm curious to know who these people are who care about how their browser looks when all it is is a means of rendering HTML. Since Chrome is the best browser at adhering to W3 standards and is fast to boot, I still wonder why anyone uses any browser other than Chrome.

Chrome sucks. I've not experience more browser crashes since IE6 or it just stops working and needs reinstalling or the cache increases to 10GB+++ leaving no free space on root drive and a plethora of other reasons I can't stand Chrome!

Now Opera is a sweet browser aside from certain incompatibilities with various websites I've used it is by far the best for performance/stability but its best feaure is keeping krap adobe flash under control.
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