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09 January 2010, 09:01

Mozilla releases Firefox 3.6 RC1

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The Mozilla developers have announced the availability of the first release candidate (RC1) for what will become version 3.6 of their open source Firefox web browser, code-named Namoroka. As with the previous development releases, Firefox 3.6 RC1 is based on version 1.9.2 of Mozilla's Gecko web rendering platform. The RC1 release includes over 70 bug fixes made since the preceding beta, with three known issues affecting all platforms concerning tracing and web worker performance, crashes in FIPS mode and problems with Hotmail scroll arrows. A known issue also exists for Linux where some distributions will have trouble playing system sounds and another exists for Mac OS X where there is a problem opening local files with a space in the name.

According to a post on the Mozilla wiki, "Should everything run smoothly during testing this is what will be released to our users as the official version after a beta period". The Mozilla developers say that "as a release candidate, this is considered to be stable and safe to use for daily web browsing" but, as always, they ask users trying the release candidate to provide feedback and report any bugs they encounter.

More details about the release can be found in the release notes. Firefox 3.6 RC1 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Existing Firefox 3.6 Beta users should receive an automatic update. 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.

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