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Firefox 6.0 Officially Released: Download Links Inside

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Add a full version number to your Firefox.

It seems like only yesterday we were updating to Firefox 5 (for those hazy on the details, version 5 was officially released June 20), but already it's time to move on. The latest iteration of Mozilla's Firefox web browser, Firefox 6, is now here and ready for consumption. Here's the link for Windows. Mac and Linux (click here for X64) versions are also available. 

So, what can you expect Firefox 6 to bring? Well, don't hold your breath for a lot of visual differences. The Firefox UI has remained the same for the most part as the bulk of the changes for this release are happening behind the scenes. The most noticeable cosmetic change is that the address bar now highlights the domain of the website you're visiting. Under the hood there's added support for the latest version of WebSocket as well as stream-lined performance when it comes to start times and opening large numbers of tabs at once. There's also the addition of a new permissions tool that will allow the end-user better control of which websites are storing what information (cookies, passwords, location, etc.).

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    jackbling , August 16, 2011 3:24 PM
    I hate to see mozilla tripping over its own feet trying to keep up with chrome and ie9; I feel like they are going in the wrong direction trying to develop an os/platform.

    I suppose feature bloat is a natural course software developers take, however, in trying to add value they alienate their user base, and hurt the performance/usage that likely made them a viable choice to begin with.

    I find myself using chrome and ie9 more, and more.
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    Anonymous , August 16, 2011 3:21 PM
    Motorola bought out Mozilla, obviously.
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    firefyte , August 16, 2011 3:21 PM
    Anyone have peacekeeper / browser wars benchmarks on it? Just link updated tables in the news.
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    HansVonOhain , August 16, 2011 3:22 PM
    Firefox is loosing its taste, as the developers are drawing straws on what feature will be successful.
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    jackbling , August 16, 2011 3:24 PM
    I hate to see mozilla tripping over its own feet trying to keep up with chrome and ie9; I feel like they are going in the wrong direction trying to develop an os/platform.

    I suppose feature bloat is a natural course software developers take, however, in trying to add value they alienate their user base, and hurt the performance/usage that likely made them a viable choice to begin with.

    I find myself using chrome and ie9 more, and more.
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    TechnoBowl , August 16, 2011 3:30 PM
    Yeah I could care less. I'm using Aurora along with Memory Fox and I'm not going back.
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    Mathos , August 16, 2011 3:36 PM
    Not to mention the link to the x64 version just leads to a zip file, with no way to install or anything.
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    alikum , August 16, 2011 3:42 PM
    No wonder Google bought Motorola
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    krazynutz , August 16, 2011 3:48 PM
    What's funny is that you can just update to version 6 right through Firefox. Just hit the orange Firefox button, Help, About Firefox and it will automatically update you.
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    icepick314 , August 16, 2011 4:12 PM
    krazynutzWhat's funny is that you can just update to version 6 right through Firefox. Just hit the orange Firefox button, Help, About Firefox and it will automatically update you.


    unfortunately if you want 64bit version, you have to update it manually...

    also I think the 64bit link in Tom's is for Linux...I don't see any executable file in there....
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    Netherscourge , August 16, 2011 4:20 PM
    I've become a Chrome Junkie. It's simple and straight-forwrd on the outside, while having great security and features in the background.

    Some stuff you don't need to see or even know about. What matters is that it's secure, compatible and accessible.

    Chrome and even IE9 (shocking, I know) do this. Firefox 5+ seems more clunky IMO. They need to get more basic on the UI side of things.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 16, 2011 4:24 PM
    Quote:
    Firefox 5+ seems more clunky IMO. They need to get more basic on the UI side of things.


    No thank you. FF did enough BS dumbing down its UI Chrome-style... if FF 6 doesn't let me re-adjust the UI back to 3.6 style, I'll dump it. About to find out... FF 6 is supposed to use less RAM, lol - let's see.
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    captaincharisma , August 16, 2011 4:25 PM
    i switched over to opera last year after using firefox 4 beat and found it was slow on some of the web pages i frequent and they were still slow after upgrading to the final version. i just like opera more for its speed dial feature and skins. i have no problem with chrome or firefox but IE still sucks the big one
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    JoeMomma , August 16, 2011 4:32 PM
    With all of this talk about Chrome and Firefox losing it's way I was concerned, but not converted, AT ALL. I just installed Firefox 6.0 64 bit and all I have to say is HOLY S**T, BATMAN! This thing is Beastly! From the first page I loaded, I immediately notice how much faster it is. Click - Pop - and the page is there. I visit Tom's a few times a day and it is always painfully slow to load. I wish I had timed it before and after but now Tom's Hardware Guide comes up so quick I think that somehow Mozilla slipped in a SSD when I downloaded the update.
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    matt_b , August 16, 2011 4:32 PM
    What is with these recent rapid-release versions of Firefox? They've gotten as bad a Chrome has. This rate next year, we'll be at FF 12 and Chrome 19. Not stifling creativity or progression here, but the "our browser is at a higher number than yours" is stupid.
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    captaincharisma , August 16, 2011 4:32 PM
    looks like the link for the 64-bit version is for linux
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    JoeMomma , August 16, 2011 4:34 PM
    Yes, the link in this article does not work. (Stoopid Tom's)
    Just go to Mozilla to download and install.
    Try it, YOU WILL LIKE IT!
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    pug_s , August 16, 2011 4:38 PM
    Gees, wasn't firefox 4, 5 and 6 released this year?
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    JoeMomma , August 16, 2011 4:44 PM
    Nobody complains when Windows or Nvidia updates every month.
    Those hard working people at Mozilla are serving up the goods fresh baked from the oven. And they are not half-baked either.
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    jacobdrj , August 16, 2011 4:59 PM
    JoeMommaNobody complains when Windows or Nvidia updates every month.Those hard working people at Mozilla are serving up the goods fresh baked from the oven. And they are not half-baked either.

    This: They were on the unstable, buggy 3.5 way too long. I am glad they are pushing development faster... Version 4+ has been much more stable... And improving... I have gone away from Chrome at work. Only use Chome on my netbook now.

    Chrome for work.
    Opera for general browsing.
    IE when all else fails.
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    captaincharisma , August 16, 2011 5:02 PM
    can anyone post the link for the 64-bit version of this i cannot find it on Mozilla's website
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