S/W: Mozilla Firefox 6.0 Update

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Firefox 5.0.1 update was released just recently. But with Firefox rapid release process, Firefox versions will be released about every six (6) weeks. These major releases will include and feature security fixes. So if you don't want to lag behind and maintain an insecure browser, you would have to upgrade.

Mozilla Firefox 5

  • The address bar now highlights the domain of the website you're visiting
  • Streamlined the look of the site identity block
  • Added support for the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API
  • Added support for EventSource / server-sent events
  • Added support for window.matchMedia
  • Added Scratchpad, an interactive JavaScript prototyping environment
  • Added a new Web Developer menu item and moved development-related items into it
  • Improved usability of the Web Console
  • Improved the discoverability of Firefox Sync
  • Reduced browser startup time when using Panorama

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Download from www.mozilla.com/firefox.

One very nice feature with Firefox that we like is the plugin checker. It is nice to see the feature was not removed in this verison.

Of course this upgrade comes with sacrifices -- your add-ons will no longer be compatible. So while waiting for the add-ons to catch up with Firefox version 6.0 or higher, you can tweak them to be compatible. Chances are they will still work even with the newer versions of Mozilla Firefox.

If you are using DivX HiQ to play high definition video on Firefox, our feature outlining compatibility of Firefox with DivX web plug-ins still works on Firefox 6.0.

Not much memory improvement with this version. We hear it will be incorporated in version 7+, so that is something to look forward to.


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