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Rapid Fire: Firefox 9 Beta is Already Out for Download

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You're running Firefox 8? That's so last week.

Firefox 8 was just released last week. Some of you have probably yet to update. However, the releases are coming fast these days, as is evidenced by the fact that Firefox 9 Beta is already available for download. Mozilla recently announced that the "new, faster" Firefox Beta is now ready for testing and download with support for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Mozilla says FF9 Beta adds Type Inference to make JavaScript significantly faster; added support for Mac OS X Lion, including two-finger-swipe navigation and makes improved functionality for multiple displays; enables JavaScript to show developers when users choose to opt-out of behavioral tracking with the Do Not Track privacy feature; and chunking for XHR requests so websites can receive data that’s part of a large XHR download in progress.

Hit up Mozilla to get your hands on the newest Firefox beta.

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    Trialsking , November 14, 2011 8:03 PM
    I am skipping 9 and waiting for 10 which should be out later tonight
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    billybobser , November 14, 2011 8:18 PM
    x64 please, and make changes that count
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    stevelord , November 14, 2011 8:52 PM
    The only good thing about all these Firefox releases, is we get to keep seeing that picture that Tom's uses in each article. ;) 
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    Trialsking , November 14, 2011 8:03 PM
    I am skipping 9 and waiting for 10 which should be out later tonight
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    gerchokas , November 14, 2011 8:10 PM
    When tha --- are they gonna release the x64 version??? They've been testing it since version 3! :( 
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    billybobser , November 14, 2011 8:18 PM
    x64 please, and make changes that count
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2011 8:29 PM
    And when they release x64 people will complain a lot of addons aren't working :p 
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    soo-nah-mee , November 14, 2011 8:31 PM
    I am skipping 9 and waiting for that chick's boobies, which should be out later tonight
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    mitch074 , November 14, 2011 8:37 PM
    Considering that Mozilla keeps 4 release branches (Stable: 8, security and stability bugs only; 9: beta, major bugs; 10, alphas, stabilizing features; and 11, nightlies, development) going all the time, claiming that by using version 9 you're on the edge is stupid.

    As for the x86-64 version, the Mozilla code has been able to run in 64-bit ever since Mozilla Suite 1.0 in 2001, and I've used a 64-bit build of Firefox since 1.5. Problem is, not only was the 64-bit version of Visual Studio quite late in coming in an acceptable fashion and costly (you need to pay for the OS and the compiler suite), there were too many plugins still stuck in 32-bit for Firefox to run in a useful fashion in 64-bit Windows until very recently... At least on Windows.

    On OS X and GNU/Linux, you use a recent build of GCC, and you're set. Still, you need to dedicate people to support it. On OS X, you get an iDrone, and it's alright (eventhough OS X support was quite bad until version 3.0); on Linux, distros do that for Mozilla. And on Windows...?
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    jn77 , November 14, 2011 8:37 PM
    gerchokasWhen tha --- are they gonna release the x64 version??? They've been testing it since version 3!



    Exactly, where is the 64 bit version..... might have to wait for it when I build my first 128bit pc. :-(
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    stevelord , November 14, 2011 8:52 PM
    The only good thing about all these Firefox releases, is we get to keep seeing that picture that Tom's uses in each article. ;) 
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    JMcEntegart , November 14, 2011 8:55 PM
    SteveLordThe only good thing about all these Firefox releases, is we get to keep seeing that picture that Tom's uses in each article.


    Don't mess with success.
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    SinisterSalad , November 14, 2011 8:55 PM
    soo-nah-meeI am skipping 9 and waiting for that chick's boobies, which should be out later tonight

    I see what you did there.
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    AidanJC , November 14, 2011 9:24 PM
    These articles about new browsers are appearing every couple of days, not that we don't like looking at the picture in the article :) 

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    a_gert , November 14, 2011 9:32 PM
    otacon72Well downloaded FF8 and it crashed 3 minutes later. Wasn't even due to Flash this time around. Still hogs memory and yup still crashes because of Flash.


    I downloaded FF8 and got a weird story about some socially awkward teenage amnesiacs in a flying school hunting a sorceress. Oh... wait. You mean THAT FF8.
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    tipoo , November 14, 2011 9:33 PM
    The version numbers have become as meaningless as Chrome, news sites need to stop reporting each one as if it is important. They come out every few weeks, we get it.
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    junnyeen , November 14, 2011 9:34 PM
    otacon72Well downloaded FF8 and it crashed 3 minutes later. Wasn't even due to Flash this time around. Still hogs memory and yup still crashes because of Flash.


    I believe you need to reformat or get a new computer. I've used firefox for 7 years and never experienced reoccurring crashes. I'm sick of seeing FF haters immediately point out crashing and memory hog because they have faulty computers.
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    randomizer , November 14, 2011 9:37 PM
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    ...enables JavaScript to show developers when users choose to opt-out of behavioral tracking with the Do Not Track privacy feature...

    Wait, so they've explicitly implemented a way to track which users say that they don't want to be tracked? Rather ironic I think.

    jn77Exactly, where is the 64 bit version...

    It decided that Windows wasn't worthy and has been living with Linux for the last few years.
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    belardo , November 14, 2011 10:55 PM
    OMG! OMG! OMG! I've waiting ALL my life for firefox9!!!

    It's sooooooooooooooo much better han ff8!

    Anyone else here pissed their pants like I did?!

    I can't believe it! ff9 is finally here!!

    Mozilla you guys rock! You are the smarting people in the world! Spending years doing a complete re-write of your browser that is so totally not ff8!

    Oh!!! I tinkled again!
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    Shin-san , November 14, 2011 11:19 PM
    Geez. They need to cut it out. Are they trying to out-version Internet Explorer and Opera?
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    JeTJL , November 14, 2011 11:22 PM
    Seems time for a browser grand prix. Not that long ago Firefox 4 came out. And I still remember using Firefox 3. But since then i switched to chrome. And right now I'm not as pleased with it, so back to Firefox for me.
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    egmccann , November 14, 2011 11:24 PM
    I can't wait for FF20. Should be out in, what, six hours at this rate?

    ... seriously. FF, Google, enough with the version number nonsense. Major changes = major version. Not "Fixed typo in menu - OK, time for currentbrowserrev+1.0!"
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    livebriand , November 14, 2011 11:31 PM
    AnonymousAnd when they release x64 people will complain a lot of addons aren't working

    Well, the latest version of Flash is for 64-bit. And I think it'll only be for power users; regular ones will continue using the 32-bit version.
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