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Firefox 10 Aurora Released, Gets WebGL Anti-Aliasing

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Mozilla just released Aurora 10, the developer version of Firefox that just graduated from nightly status and will move to beta in about six weeks.

Mozilla said that this release will focus on HTML5 enhancements, giving us the feeling that the silent update feature will be pushed to version 11.

Aurora 10 will get WebGL anti-aliasing, support for the HTML5 Visibility API, 3D Transforms, some additions to its developer tools, web workers, DOM and Javascript functionality such as the addition of the battery API. However, we were surprised to see that Mozilla does not list the silent update as a feature for Aurora (Firefox) 10. In its feature tracker, the silent update has been marked as "at risk" and may not make it into version 10 as a result. As controversial as the silent update is among enthusiast Firefox users, there has been little doubt that the mainstream would like to make the update process more convenient, which possibly could convince more users to stay with Firefox.

Another much anticipated feature is not mentioned either - a tool that would automatically import Chrome bookmarks and settings to Firefox. It appears as if this feature will also not surface until version 11 - and is even mentioned as "at risk" for version 11. These two features, as well as a the new home tab (also marked as "at risk" for version 11) are features that Firefox would have needed need yesterday rather than tomorrow to be able to be more competitive with Chrome. At least the silent update support is a must-hit target for version 10.

If you're feeling a little adventurous, but not too much, then check out the download for Firefox 9 beta here.

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    de5_Roy , November 15, 2011 7:22 AM
    64 bit whar art thou
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    alyoshka , November 15, 2011 7:09 AM
    I thought they just released the final version of 8???????
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    Anonymous , November 15, 2011 7:12 AM
    HAHAHAHAHA another 1
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    JOSHSKORN , November 15, 2011 7:19 AM
    what is a "Developer Version" ?
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    de5_Roy , November 15, 2011 7:22 AM
    64 bit whar art thou
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    s3anister , November 15, 2011 7:35 AM
    I myself have been using Nightly 11.0a1 and having used the recent builds the end user wouldn't even notice a difference between 9/10/11. Only difference is misc. features.

    Not too many issues either. Unless you count that one time Nightly deleted all my bookmarks...
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    s3anister , November 15, 2011 7:47 AM
    de5_roy64 bit whar art thou


    There is a 64bit version of firefox out. As far as I know it is only available in the 11.0a1 Nightly flavor.
    http://nightly.mozilla.org/
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    amdfangirl , November 15, 2011 8:00 AM
    de5_roy64 bit whar art thou


    Why do you need the 64bit version? Did you run out of RAM in Firefox :p ?
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    nikorr , November 15, 2011 8:22 AM
    JOSHSKORNwhat is a "Developer Version" ?

    Still in the development stages, not for regular use. Its not even beta.
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    de5_Roy , November 15, 2011 8:29 AM
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    Why do you need the 64bit version? Did you run out of RAM in Firefox :p ?

    actually, yes. T_T
    right now i have over 40 tabs open in ff - 40 of them from tom's,
    overall memory load is nearly 60% (2gigs of ram on this ol' pc), cannot multi task. if i try even a little, pc slows down.
    all this with images disabled. if i enable image loading the usage will jump to 70%+, faster slowdown - learned that the hard way.
    i am still clinging to ff, hoping they'll get their memory leak problems right.
    not gonna use chrome, tab sandboxing is nice...but not enough to switch to chrome (or opera).
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    randomizer , November 15, 2011 8:33 AM
    alyoshkaI thought they just released the final version of 8???????

    They did - this is not a final version of anything. Perhaps reading the first line of the article might make things more clear next time.

    This is the only "version" of Aurora that has crashed on me badly. In fact it crashed so badly that it couldn't recover and I wasn't able to start it again. I decided to remove it and install the beta instead. I was in the middle of some important work and running an alpha-grade browser for work is not the smartest decision I've ever made.
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    randomizer , November 15, 2011 8:34 AM
    de5_royactually, yes. T_Tright now i have over 40 tabs open in ff - 40 of them from tom's, overall memory load is nearly 60% (2gigs of ram on this ol' pc), cannot multi task. if i try even a little, pc slows down.all this with images disabled. if i enable image loading the usage will jump to 70%+, faster slowdown - learned that the hard way.i am still clinging to ff, hoping they'll get their memory leak problems right.not gonna use chrome, tab sandboxing is nice...but not enough to switch to chrome (or opera).

    You do realise that the 64-bit build will use more memory, not less, right? Perhaps it's time you added another 2 GB to that old rig.
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    marraco , November 15, 2011 8:54 AM
    I want multithreaded Firefox. I hate when a bad designed web page eats 100% of a processor, and all the tabs freeze.
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    sharpless78 , November 15, 2011 8:55 AM
    randomizerYou do realise that the 64-bit build will use more memory, not less, right? Perhaps it's time you added another 2 GB to that old rig.


    You do realize that it doesn't matter how much memory you have, a single instance of Firefox in 32-bit mode will not be able to use more than 2 GB.
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    de5_Roy , November 15, 2011 8:56 AM
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    You do realise that the 64-bit build will use more memory, not less, right? Perhaps it's time you added another 2 GB to that old rig.

    darn. i thought the 64 bit version would use similar anount of memory, or may be manage it better.
    you're right, i gotta add more ram.
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    amdfangirl , November 15, 2011 8:57 AM
    Quote:
    You do realise that the 64-bit build will use more memory, not less, right? Perhaps it's time you added another 2 GB to that old rig.


    Most definately it will use more RAM, it will just be able to address more than 4GB of RAM for Firefox, that's all.

    Quote:
    I want multithreaded Firefox. I hate when a bad designed web page eats 100% of a processor, and all the tabs freeze.


    Well if it is multi-threaded and already eats up 100% of your CPU, how will that make a difference? It will still use up 100% of your CPU regardless. Multi-threading just makes it scale with more cores.

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    You do realize that it doesn't matter how much memory you have, a single instance of Firefox in 32-bit mode will not be able to use more than 2 GB.


    It should be able to access up to <4GB of RAM. Close to. But to have an internet browser eat up 4GB of RAM is crazy when my desktop idles at using 124MB of RAM...
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    DSpider , November 15, 2011 9:14 AM
    Version 10, 11 ?? You mean they're skipping version 9.

    Hard to believe Firefox 3.6 was last year.
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    vicvicvic , November 15, 2011 9:33 AM
    I've been on the Aurora channel of Firefox for months, so maybe I can clarify a few times.

    For most of this year, it has been that there are four different "channels" of Firefox. The main one is the final release one that most people use - it is currently version 8. The other three channels are Beta (currently version 9), Aurora (currently version 10), and Nightly (currently version 11).

    Every six weeks, a version moves up the channel. More specifically, in about six weeks, version 9 will become the final release, version 10 will become Beta, version 11 will become Aurora, and version 12 will be introduced to Nightly.

    Hope this helps,
    Vic
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    vicvicvic , November 15, 2011 9:34 AM
    Sorry, there's a typo there; I meant to write "clarify a few things."
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    tipoo , November 15, 2011 10:03 AM
    New releases come out every few weeks now, there's no reason to report on each stable release, let alone every stable, beta, and aurora release. Just have a monthly changelog or something :) 
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    Goldengoose , November 15, 2011 10:16 AM
    de5_royactually, yes. T_Tright now i have over 40 tabs open in ff - 40 of them from tom's, overall memory load is nearly 60% (2gigs of ram on this ol' pc), cannot multi task. if i try even a little, pc slows down.all this with images disabled. if i enable image loading the usage will jump to 70%+, faster slowdown - learned that the hard way.i am still clinging to ff, hoping they'll get their memory leak problems right.not gonna use chrome, tab sandboxing is nice...but not enough to switch to chrome (or opera).


    Dude! close some tabs! no one needs that many open!
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