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27 November 2009, 09:59

Mozilla releases Firefox 3.6 Beta 4

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The Mozilla developers have released the fourth beta for what will become version 3.6 of their open source Firefox web browser, code-named Namoroka. Like the previous development releases, Firefox 3.6 Beta 4 is based on version 1.9.2 of Mozilla's Gecko web rendering platform. In addition to several performance and stability improvements, the latest release includes fixes for more than 140 bugs found in the last beta.

The fourth beta release features support for the HTML5 File API, giving web apps the ability to access local files selected by users. The developers also note that nearly 70 per cent of Firefox Add-ons have now been upgraded and are compatible with Firefox 3.6 Beta. As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. The developers ask users testing the release to provide feedback and report any bugs they encounter.

More details about the release, including a list of known issues, can be found in the release notes. Firefox 3.6 Beta 4 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the project's preview release page. Firefox binaries are released under the Mozilla Firefox End-User Software License Agreement and the source code is released under disjunctive tri-licensing that includes the Mozilla Public Licence, GPLv2 and LGPLv2.1. The latest stable release is Firefox 3.5.5 from early November.

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