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Rapid Fire: Firefox 9 Beta is Already Out for Download

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.

  • Trialsking
    I am skipping 9 and waiting for 10 which should be out later tonight
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  • gerchokas
    When tha --- are they gonna release the x64 version??? They've been testing it since version 3! :(
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  • billybobser
    x64 please, and make changes that count
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  • And when they release x64 people will complain a lot of addons aren't working :p
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  • soo-nah-mee
    I am skipping 9 and waiting for that chick's boobies, which should be out later tonight
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  • mitch074
    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
    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
    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
    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
    soo-nah-meeI am skipping 9 and waiting for that chick's boobies, which should be out later tonightI see what you did there.
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