Mozilla Announces Firefox 3.5 Preview Version and Personas' Incredible Success
Article by George Norman
On 09 Jun 2009
Today we’ve covered pretty much all the major browser versions out there, from Apple’s Safari 4, to Opera Mobile 9.7 Beta and Google Chrome for Mac and Linux, so it stands to reason that we couldn’t let Mozilla’s Firefox out of the picture, now could we? The big news surrounding the Mozilla developed browser is that a preview version of Firefox 3.5 has been announced – still no word on the much awaited Firefox 3.5 RC (Release Candidate).

Firefox Launch Coordinator, Samuel Sidler, comments: “The 800,000+ users of Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 will be receiving an update to a "Firefox 3.5 Preview" release in order to assist us with further testing and feedback. This update contains many fixes for stability bugs, correctness fixes for our JavaScript engine, and improvements to our built in support for open Ogg based video and audio playback. While this release has not yet completed the testing required to be declared a release candidate, it is considered stable for daily browsing use and we appreciate your assistance in helping us test and evaluate this preview release.”

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The Firefox 3.5 preview will be rolled out automatically to Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 users, but if you did not get it already, you could always click the “check for Updates” tab in the “Help” menu. You should know that this preview is meant for testers and hardcore Firefox fans; if you do not fall in that category, then you should wait for Firefox 3.5 RC which according to Samuel Sidler should be rolled out “in the next 1-2 weeks.”

If you would like to get Firefox 3.5 Beta 4, a download location is available here .

Moving on, the Personas prototype extension for Firefox that allows the user to customize the way the browser looks is a real success story for Mozilla – proof of that are the 5 million (and rising) downloads the Personas development team has counted. “Since the Personas launch ten weeks ago, 5 million users have downloaded the extension, approximately 60% of which are based outside of the United States. The community has also welcomed over 13,000 designs from nearly 9,000 artists. Between now and 10 million downloads, we will continue to focus on creating the easiest, and most meaningful gallery experience possible, and serving as a strong platform for artists to create and promote their work ,” commented Toby Elliott, Myk Melez, Ryan Doherty, and Suneel Gupta on behalf of the Personas development team.

If you would like to get started with Personas, click here.





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