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Firefox 3.5 Launching Today

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

It’s been a long wait but it’s finally here.

After months of release candidates and betas, Mozilla has said Tuesday, June 30 will see the full version of Firefox 3.5 finally released. "The Mozilla team is mobilizing to ship Firefox 3.5 and it's looking like Tuesday morning," a Mozilla spokeswoman told PCMag.

The June 30 release date is roughly one year after the release of Firefox 3.0 and six months after the date the Firefox team had planned to release the update. So what can users expect from a year's worth of work from the Mozilla team? Quite a bit actually. The update was originally pegged as Firefox 3.1 but as the list of functions to be added grew, the team decided a .1 upgrade wasn't enough to communicate the amount of changes that the update would bring.

"The increase in scope represented by TraceMonkey and Private Browsing, plus the sheer volume of work that's gone into everything from video and layout to places and the plugin service make it a larger increment than we believe is reasonable to label 3.1," Mozilla’s engineering vice president Mike Shaver said in April.

Those downloading Firefox 3.5 will avail of private browsing mode (a feature that will bring Firefox in line with competitors Apple, Microsoft and Google), the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine which Mozilla claims is is faster than the SpiderMonkey engine present in Firefox 3.0, browsing based on your location and support for HTML 5 and that's just a few of the new features.

We'll add the download link once it’s released later on today but for now, who's going to be starting their day the Firefox 3.5 way?

[Updated to include link to download. 17:08 GMT]

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    tlch723 , June 30, 2009 12:26 PM
    Really, it is coming out today??
    I was using the 3.5 RC and it updated to the 3.5 couple days ago.
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    Anonymous , June 30, 2009 12:27 PM
    Faster, faster, and faster! Thumbs up for the Mozilla crew for tweaking up this wonderful browser. Memory usage is considerably lower as well. See ya in FF4.
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    Pei-chen , June 30, 2009 12:52 PM
    Faster for everything but that darn MySpace is still slow as ever.
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    bunz_of_steel , June 30, 2009 12:59 PM
    FF RuleZ I very much prefer it to M$ open port to the kernal call IE. Plugins are gr8 welcome. can't wait to try it!
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    Vettedude , June 30, 2009 1:03 PM
    Yes!!!! Go FireFox!
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    trinix , June 30, 2009 1:40 PM
    Pei-chenFaster for everything but that darn MySpace is still slow as ever.


    That's just coz Myspace is the problem, not the rest of the world, They even blame AMD and Intel for the performance problems.

    But sweet, finally 3.5 final, I've been using the beta and rc for a while now.
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    Anonymous , June 30, 2009 1:51 PM
    The final release has been posted on Mozilla's FTP site:
    ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/3.5/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%203.5.exe.

    Enjoy!
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    Anonymous , June 30, 2009 2:04 PM
    Why wait?
    http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/download.html?product=firefox-3.5&os=win&lang=en-US
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    nirvanabah , June 30, 2009 2:06 PM
    trinixThat's just coz Myspace is the problem, not the rest of the world, They even blame AMD and Intel for the performance problems.


    Actually, the facebook VP blamed AMD and Intel, not Myspace.
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    trinix , June 30, 2009 2:10 PM
    oops, facebook, myspace, almost the same, sorry myspace :) .
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    mcnuggetofdeath , June 30, 2009 2:50 PM
    I
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    Vettedude , June 30, 2009 3:22 PM
    Just downloaded it. It is officially the one on the website. It is pretty fast too. The memory leak has stopped too.
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    Anonymous , June 30, 2009 4:02 PM
    Am I that old?
    I'm still using FF 3.0.11
    Any improvements over this release will be welcome, but I fear that newer releases actually result in heavier browsers,because with every update something gets added.
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    Vettedude , June 30, 2009 4:09 PM
    ProDigit80Am I that old?I'm still using FF 3.0.11Any improvements over this release will be welcome, but I fear that newer releases actually result in heavier browsers,because with every update something gets added.

    3.0.11 was the current stable release until this morning. So no, you are not that old. I would upgrade to 3.5 though. It's fast and so far for me very stable.
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    lexspecialis , June 30, 2009 4:42 PM
    I'm currently using Chrome as my browser, stopped using Firefox after build 3.0.6 or so because of the memory leak. But I'm interested to try the 3.5. Downloading now. =D
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    apmyhr , June 30, 2009 4:43 PM
    This article is really skimpy on details. I'm suprised you didn't mention the integration of Ogg Video and Audio codecs to display the new HTML5 multimedia elements. This could spell a turning point for Flash's monopoly on internet multimedia. One can only hope...
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    sujeath_99 , June 30, 2009 5:07 PM
    How does it compare to chrome and safari?
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    WheelsOfConfusion , June 30, 2009 6:24 PM
    sujeath_99How does it compare to chrome and safari?

    Not as futuristic as Chrome's design, but probably more feature-packed and, of course, there are the Addons. I think they added multi-threading to 3.5, also.
    In terms of resources, here's the result of an automated "real world" test under Vista. FF3 consistently had the lowest memory usages over the same range of websites compared to Chrome, Opera and Safari.
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    Horhe , June 30, 2009 7:32 PM
    I've been using Firefox 3.5 RC for about 2 weeks, and so far it's the fastest Firefox. I like it a lot.
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    Netherscourge , June 30, 2009 8:28 PM
    Firefox 3.5 is multithreaded? Does that just include individual browser tabs or individual scripting too?
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