Is Firefox Going Too Fast For Its Own Good

Firefox specialist and consultant Mike Kaply questioned Firefox’s rapid release scheduling and its negative impact on businesses:

Case in point: Firefox 4 was only released in March. Now, three months later Firefox 5.0 is out in stable release. Hence, Mozilla has ceased supporting Firefox 4.

Kaply points out that this breakneck update schedule may “work for the average user” but “it doesn’t fly in [a] corporate environment, especially places like banks”. “Expecting a company to go through a full deployment cycle of their web browser every six week is simply ludicrous.”

It’s a valid point. Banks and corporate businesses should stay with version 3.6 then, while the rest of us get the latest and greatest Firefox. It just shows that it is difficult to make everyone happy. They say development was too slow. Now, it’s too fast. What gives.

Rapid development and releases will be the norm going forward. Businesses just have to adapt to them.

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Install Firefox 5 On Ubuntu 11.04

Waiting for Canonical to update Mozilla Firefox with your latest Ubuntu release may take a very long time. Are you tired of waiting? Take action. Install Firefox 5 now. Why continue to run Firefox 3.6 if you can get Firefox 5 now? Firefox has sped up their development. It’s time for Canonical to match the Firefox releases. The following instructions will install the latest stable Firefox release to your current Ubuntu distribution. The current Ubuntu release is 11.04 Natty Narwhal. The current Firefox release is Firefox 5. By the way, I’m still running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and the instructions worked. This will also work for Ubuntu 10.10.

From the Terminal, run the following commands:

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

This will also update when Firefox 6 and Firefox 7 are released in the future.

Firefox 5 is the Fastest Firefox Ever

Three months ago, Mozilla released Firefox 4. Today, Mozilla released Firefox 5, touted as the fastest Firefox ever. The quick release of Firefox is a direct result of the stiff competition from other browsers, namely Google Chrome and Internet Explorer to gain market share. Here’s an excerpt of the Firefox 5 release from Datamation.com.

Firefox 5 includes new performance, standards and privacy improvements as well as improving the overall stability of the browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android users.

“Firefox 5 is the fastest Firefox ever, and also the fastest ever to market,” Johnathan Nightingale, Director of Firefox at Mozilla told InternetNews.com. “Our new rapid release cycle means that the improvements get into users hands more quickly. The latest version of Firefox includes more than 1,000 improvements and performance enhancements that make it easier to discover and use all of the innovative features in Firefox. ”

Among the changes is improved visibility for Mozilla’s Do Not Track implementation. With Firefox 5, users can now use an interface item to select whether or not they want websites to track them. Firefox has been supporting a Do Not Track implementation since the Firefox 4 release, though with Firefox 5 it is now user visible. Firefox’s Do Not Track is a simple binary expression  — when enabled, it sends an HTTP header that says, DNT=1, which means: “do not track me.”

Download Firefox 5.