Firefox 3.6 Crosses 1 Million Downloads

It has been only a few hours since Firefox 3.6 was released and the browser has already been downloaded more than 1 Million times, 1,383,078 to be precise at the time of reporting. Not Surprisingly, most downloads have been from United States, with around 324K downloads, followed by Germany with 210K downloads.

The high downloads for Germany should not come as a surprise since most Germans are switching to Firefox or Opera due to a security vulnerability in IE. However, we are sure that the rest of the world will quickly add up to the million+ downloads as and when they wake up.

Firefox 3.6 Download Stats, Million Downloads

Please note, Firefox 3.6 is not available as an update right now, so all these downloads are the direct downloads made through You can track the live stats of the downloads for Firefox 3.6 at this page.

Firefox 3.6 Coming Tomorrow, Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.6 Tour Video

Firefox 3.6 is finally going to be released tomorrow, however, the RC1 and RC2 have already been around for sometime now. The new browser has considerable changes over Firefox 3.5. You can read our earlier Firefox 3.6 review to know more about it.

Mozilla links has posted a video where Director of Firefox Development, Mike Beltzner, gives a tour or Firefox 3.6, touted by them as “the world’s best web browser”. Does anyone disagree with that? :-).

Enjoy the video. You can also see it on this page.

Firefox 3.6 RC1 Officially Released

The new Release Candidate build of Firefox 3.6, codenamed “Namoroka”, is now available for download from the official FirefoxMozilla website.

Softpedia was already providing a preview version of Firefox 3.6 RC1, since January 6th 2010. After that, it also offered nightly testing version of Firefox RC1. Mozilla had earlier stated that, it was hoping to release the post-Beta variant of Firefox 3.6 on 8th January, 2010. And indeed, the developers have been able to release it on schedule.

You can go ahead and download Firefox 3.6 RC1 now.

According to our sources, Firefox 3.6 web milestone is nearing completion and is expected to be launched later this month, by the end of January 2010. Current users of Firefox 3.6 Beta will receive notices of the automatic upgrades to the Release Candidate stage over the coming few days.

Mozilla had delivered five Beta builds of Firefox 3.6 and the developers were trying their best to roll out the final release of Firefox 3.6 in November 2009, a month after the launch of Windows 7. But it was postponed due to various severe bugs that needed to be resolved.

Mozilla Firefox Releases: 3.5.7, 3.0.17 and 3.6 RC1 Out

Last year was not Mozilla’s year, however, they will definitely look to make a comeback this year with a bang. Several noteworthy Firefox releases made its way to general public in the last couple of days. These include Firefox 3.5.7, Firefox 3.0.17 and the Release candidate 1 for Firefox 3.6.


A few days back, Mozilla had also released the Release Candidate 1 of Firefox Mobile for Maemo based devices.

Firefox 3.5.7

Firefox 3.5.7 is more of a stability fix release, and includes fixes for a common stability issue and a problem on how updates were being presented to users.

You can find a list of fixed bugs in this release on this page. Download Firefox 3.5.7.

Firefox 3.0.17

Firefox 3.0 is the older version of Firefox which got an update too, it also fixes an issue with how updates are provided to users. Firefox 3.0 is on the deathbed though. Mozilla will stop supporting Firefox 3.0 after January 2010.

Users who are using Firefox 3.0 are urged to upgrade to the more secure and faster Firefox 3.5. Download Firefox 3.0.17.

Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate 1 (RC1)

Firefox 3.6 RC1 is now available for downloads. Lee Matthews spotted the new build of Firefox 3.6 RC1 on the Mozilla FTP servers. The release is not available directly for HTTP downloads yet. We had done a review of Firefox 3.6 Beta 1, however, lots has changed since then. We will keep you updated about the new features included in the RC1.

Download Firefox 3.6 RC1 for Windows, Linux and Mac.

Firefox 3.6 Beta: Revision 5 has 100 fixes

A new revision of the latest Firefox build 3.6 has been released with over 100 bug fixes. The fifth one in its line, this new build brings more features to the already feature rich and widely popular Firefox browser.


With this new release, more than 70% of the add-ons, are now compatible with Firefox 3.6 beta. The revision is available as a separate download but existing users need not worry. Their Firefox will be automatically upgraded to the latest build within the next 24 to 48 hours. Optionally, you can chose to upgrade manually by checking for upgrades from the Help menu.

The latest build has included many updates for add-on developers. More details on this can be seen at this page at the Developer Center.

The build is another beta from Mozilla and users are welcome to report any bugs and add-on compatibility issues. This has been made easy with the Add-on Compatibility Reporter plugin.

For more information on Firefox 3.6, visit this post at Techie Buzz.

Tweaking the most of your Firefox 3.6 Beta – Tabs

We all know that Firefox 3.6 Beta supports Aero integration and that it looks and feels great. However, for those who do not want this feature, there is a way to turn it off. However, there are a couple of other tweaks you might not know about!

Tweak #1: Enhanced Ctrl-Tab


With this option, instead of cycling through tabs, Firefox will cycle through small previews of the tabs when Ctrl-Tab is used.


Selecting Show all n’ tabswill take you to this search menu. Handy when you have a LOT of tabs open!

If, however, you wish to have this at the click of your mouse instead of messing with Ctrl-Tab, you can enable another option and have Tweak #2: AllTabs Previews


This will make a small button appear on the tab-bar, clicking which will let you search through tabs and cycle through them at will. Neat right?

So, how do you make these options appear? Simple, really in Firefox’s address bar, type about:configwithout the quotes. Promise that you will be careful, and then in the list of options, filter tab.


Enable browser.ctrlTab.previewsfor the first tweak and browser.allTabs.previewsfor the second tweak. That’s that!

How To Disable Windows 7 Taskbar Tab Preview in Firefox 3.6

If you have used Firefox the Firefox 3.6 beta, you have probably noticed that Mozilla has introduced support for Windows 7 taskbar thumbnails. Firefox 3.6 allows you to directly select a tab from the taskbar. This is similar to how Internet Explorer 8 behaves in Windows 7. Some people love this behaviour while others find it annoying. I happen to belong to the latter group. I am a heavy multi-tasker and often have dozens of open tabs organised into multiple windows. Taskbar tab previews doesn’t make any distinction between tabs from different windows and is a major productivity bump.

If you find taskbar tab previews irritating, here is a quick way to get rid of them.

  • Type about:config in the awesome bar (address bar). Ignore the caution message and proceed.
  • Type browser.taskbar.previews.enable in the filter bar.
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  • Now, you will be displayed a single entry whose current value is True. Double click on the entry to change its value to False.

That’s it. Firefox should instantly stop displaying tab previews in the taskbar.

via Tweaking With Vishal

Firefox 3.6 RC1 Coming November, Firefox 3.6 In Mid December

Mozilla is gearing towards releasing 3.6 to the masses. A beta version of Firefox 3.6 is already available for download. If you want to know the new features, you can always read our Firefox 3.6 hands-on review.


However, end users will have to wait a couple of months, before they can actually start using Firefox 3.6. According to the latest release schedule, Firefox 3.6 RC1 is expected to be released at the end of November, with the final version slated for mid-December.

Firefox 3.6 is no doubt faster than the earlier versions, however, it still lacks several features which other browsers including Google Chrome and already have. For example, there is still no sign of the no-restart add-ons and themes installation. Of course you can always change personas, which is pre-loaded in Firefox 3.6, without restarts, but they are technically not themes.

In addition to that, Firefox 3.6 does not have support for JumpLists yet, although there is support for the superbar. While having a conversation on , @leematthews pointed me to the fact that Firefox 3.7 Minefield has support for JumpLists, however, it is slated to be released in Spring of 2010. Just imagine the development and progress other browsers will make by then.

Another annoying fact is that neither Firefox 3.6 or Firefox 3.7 Minefield have support for multiple processes. Browsers like Chrome and IE8 already have support for this in stable versions. Multiple processes allow browsers to isolate multiple tabs, this in turn will help end users to just kill the problematic tab instead of the entire browser crashing.

Firefox 3.6 is no doubt better than 3.5, but such lack of features make me think as to whether Mozilla is really putting their efforts in adding the right features to the browser. What do you think? Would you want to have JumpLists, no-restart add-ons and theme installation and separate processes for tabs? Or, would you just settle for a faster version with some enhance GUI changes?

Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 Review

Namoroka or Firefox 3.6 has been unleashed for the developers with its first Beta version out. This version of the popular open source web browser (the current iteration of which is named after the Namoroka National Park, Madagascar) supports many new features. From built in support for Personas to WOFF font support to full screen native video support, this new Firefox (sometimes referred to as is built atop the Gecko 1.9.2 rendering engine. While the general public release is due this November, in this review we will see how this update will perform.


Let’s start with one of the most widely used beautifyingtools for Firefox. Yes, Personas! In this version of Firefox, there is no visible fox button anywhere. However, if you navigate to the Personas webpage and just hover your mouse over a persona, your browser will change to give you an instant preview of the skin.


Click Wear thisand you are done! Very simple and super-slick.


Support for the Web Open Font Format (WOFF), the compressed but lossless font format with built-in source information, is a new feature for this version and when 3.6 is available for download, it will be the first web browser to completely support the WOFF format.


The rendering on Firefox…


…as opposed to Chrome. Notice the bond typeface lost when the browser does not understand the font type (it reverts to a compressed format).

Next up is the most anticipated: native full screen video support. If you know what this means, you stream your videos from open source sites such as TinyVid or The Video Bay. Opening a video from these providers and right clicking on said video allows for an option called Full Screen


And well, clicking on it renders the video throughout your screen. Sure the frame-rate is not the same as the original, sure there is a half-minute pause before the video plays again, but this is definitely the direction the internet needs to take!

Namoroka also has an integrated outdated plugin alerter. Whenever any plugin is out of date, Fx will politely let you know that such-and-such plugin is out of date along with a button to update those plugins.

(Screenshot from Blair’s Brain)

Also included on the release notes are words such as Improved Javascript performance, overall browser responsiveness and startup timealong with support for new CSS, DOM and HTML5 technologies. Since all of this cannot be measured by this reviewer, this has been taken at face value.

Download Firefox 3.6 Beta 1

3.6 beta 1 is out after a bit of delay, the beta version was supposed to be released on October 28th originally.


The new version of Firefox 3.6 consists of several new features which includes:

  • Users can now change their browser’s appearance with a single click, with built in support for Personas.
  • Firefox 3.6 will alert users about out of date plugins to keep them safe.
  • Open, native video can now be displayed full screen, and supports poster frames.
  • Support for the WOFF font format.
  • Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness and startup time.
  • Support for new CSS, DOM and HTML5 web technologies.

We will be doing a full fledged review of Firefox 3.6 Beta 1, so stay tuned for that.

Please note: This is a beta version and is not yet ready for all the users, download and use it, if you are keen on testing the latest version of Firefox.

Please use the following links to download Firefox 3.6 Beta, or visit the beta download page:

Download Firefox 3.6 Beta 1