Firefox 6 Released

The much anticipated Firefox 6 release is out. In keeping with its new Chrome-like strategy, Mozilla has done away with large, major releases and is instead releasing on a faster, more "agile" schedule, releases batches of features and improvements as they get fully baked.

So What's New?

  • Mozilla claims that Firefox 6 is 20% than Firefox 5. This is a nice speed boost.
  • The new JavaScript scratchpad (in Web Console). Yes, LISP fans, JavaScript now has a REPL. Awesome. This should prove to be a really nice tool for web developers.
  • Added support for EventSource (server-sent events). This API permits push notifications from the server in the form of DOM events.
  • A touch event for touch-sensitive screens.
  • Support for the latest draft of WebSockets.
  • The result of a media query string can be evaluated programmatically using the window.matchMedia() method.
  • Support for HMTL 5's progress element has been added.
  • Support for HTML 5's track element has been added.
  • A host of -moz-* CSS properties for styling progress bars, text decorations, and hyphens.

The release notes are here.

The good news is that Firefox remains a lean, fast, customizable browser that can hold its own against any competitor, but Chrome bests it in several ways. I think that Firefox 6 is better than the Firefox 5 Web browser. That's the good news!

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