Tuesday, June 21

Firefox 5 Released with Improved Performance, Speed, Stability and Better Support for HTML5 Standards


Firefox 5 has been released today as the part of its Rapid Release Program. There are lots of under the hood changes in this release that improves overall performance, speed, stability and security for the World's second most popular web browser.

Changes in this Release
  • The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
  • Tuned HTTP idle connection logic for increased performance
  • Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance (More details here)
  • Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas (More details here)
  • Improved spell checking for some locales
  • Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users
  • WebGL content can no longer load cross-domain textures 
  • Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000ms to improve performance
  • Fixed several stability issues
  • Fixed several security issues
  • New updated Firefox Add-on SDK
  • New web based Firefox Add-on builder (Beta). Check out the video demo below:

Latest Linux tarballs can be grabbed from here

Ubuntu 11.04 users will receive an automatic update with in 24 hours. If you are using Ubuntu 10.10 or 10.04 LTS, you can run the following commands to add the PPA and you will soon receive an update as packages are yet to be uploaded.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update

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