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[How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

firefox 5 beta image [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

As you all know Mozilla has changed its recycle cycle and cut down to release new version of Firefox once in every 3months. And as per the latest rapid release cycle Mozilla has reached the beta release date for Firefox 5.

Firefox 5 Beta will be released on May 17, 2011 i.e. tomorrow.

Mozilla Firefox is moving to a rapid release development cycle to deliver new features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster. To help with this, Mozilla recently launched the Firefox Aurora channel to give users more opportunities to participate in building Firefox. The Aurora channel is where users can test early stage features for future versions of Firefox without all the polish and stability of a beta release.

But here we got a small feature which was added in Aurora build of Firefox few weeks back called as “Channel Switcher“. Using this Channel Switcher, users can change the channel to get beta which in turn updated your Aurora build to Firefox 5 beta.

5 steps to get Firefox 5 beta using Aurora?

Following are the steps you should follow to get Firefox 5 Beta before the official release,

  • Step 1: Download Firefox Aurora Build

firefox aurora download image [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

  • Step 2: Open the About Dialog

firefox aurora about image [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

  • Step 3: Click on “Change” as highlighted in below image.

firefox aurora channel switcher image [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

  • Step 4: Choose Beta from the drop down

firefox aurora beta switcher image [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

  • Step 5: Click on “Apply and Update” button to get Firefox 5 Beta

firefox aurora beta update image [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

This beta version has been released unofficially some time ago. If you had already downloaded then you are already on beta path.

Following are the Firefox releases scheduled for tomorrow,

  • Firefox 3.7 (pre-release builds of a1-a5)
  • Firefox 4.0b (beta builds 1- 12)
  • Firefox 4.0.1 beta
  • Firefox 5.0b1 (test beta)

If you are already using Aurora build of Firefox browser, you will not receive the beta update notification as it offers “Channel Switcher” option for manual update. Mozilla also said even Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 (final release) users will also not receive a beta notification.

Either you can follow the steps mentioned above to taste the Firefox 5 Beta or you should wait for official release.

Well we hope Mozilla is going to give tough competition to Google Chrome with their rapid release cycle. We are excited to watch this browser war icon smile [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release How about you? Share your thoughts….

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Google +1 Button Release: Weeks Away! But Experiment It Now!

google +1 image Google +1 Button Release: Weeks Away! But Experiment It Now!

We hope most of you guys would have attended or watched Google I/O conference yesterday. Well as expected Google I/O showed us many great features and products which may go online in some days (some of them are already available).

Google has lot of things in their pocket which can grab your attention from their rivals. Following are the few important features which was discussed in Google I/O yesterday,

  • Rent movies from Android Market
  • Introduction to Google Music Beta
  • Android At Home Hub or “Project Tungsten”
  • Google TV is getting Android 3.1 “this summer!”
  • Google’s looking to invest heavily in the application framework
  • Once you create a playlist using Google Music, it’s instantly available on phones, tablets, everything. Here comes a one more new killer feature, Instant Mix.
  • Currently Google has got 310 devices in 112 countries; at this point last year, Google was activating 100,000 devices a day, up to 300,000 by December of last year. Now, the outfit’s seeing 400,000 device activations “every single day.”

Well Google has promised to deliver many things via Google I/O.

Upon all these, Google has shown the demo of the most expected and amazing feature “+1 button”.

Google +1 button works similar to Facebook Like and Twitter RT button. Visitors will get to see the counter.

When it comes to Admin part, Google +1 button has got similar features as Facebook like provides for the admin.

  • Activity stats
  • Who has +1′d your site will also be reported in aggregate, such as by age and sex
  • Location wise +1’d report

Don’t you think Facebook has the similar features for “like” button?

Tech Link: A Preview Of The Google +1 Button For Website

+1 Button will be available in some “Weeks”

plus one on site Google +1 Button Release: Weeks Away! But Experiment It Now!

No, the Huffington Post does not yet have this button. No one does yet, Google said. But Timothy Jordan, the developer advocate from Google who lead the developer session, said its only weeks away.

But, Experiment Google +1 Button Today!

Many of you may know about or may not know also. Google has a launched an Experimental “+1 button” for Google Search which is available from more than a month now.

Google says,

The +1 button is shorthand for “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out.”

Click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval. Your +1′s can help friends, contacts, and others on the web find the best stuff when they search.

Sometimes it’s easier to find exactly what you’re looking for when someone (your friends) you know already found it. Get recommendations for the things that interest you, right when you want them, in your search results.

For participating in this lab experiment there are some pre-requisites,

google +1 experiment pre requisites iamge Google +1 Button Release: Weeks Away! But Experiment It Now!

After you done with all the above points go to google.com and search for something. Your search result will have a +1 button next to each link.

tech18 Google Search with +1 button image Google +1 Button Release: Weeks Away! But Experiment It Now!

Try +1’ing some links and then visit your Google Profile page. You will get to see a new tab like below with the +1’d link.

google profile with google +1 tab image Google +1 Button Release: Weeks Away! But Experiment It Now!

We hope Google +1 button is all set to give tough competition to Facebook Like. Watch this space for more information.

And again! What do you think about Google +1 button? Did you like (not FB like icon wink Google +1 Button Release: Weeks Away! But Experiment It Now! )the advantages provided by Google? Will this kill Facebook Like button? Share your thought icon smile Google +1 Button Release: Weeks Away! But Experiment It Now!

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Update: Mozilla Aims To Finish Firefox 4 RC By February 25!

firefox 41 Update: Mozilla Aims To Finish Firefox 4 RC By February 25!Mozilla team is really pushing very hard to get the Firefox 4 out in market as soon as possible! We have been behind Mozilla team and sharing all the latest happenings in and around Firefox 4 development. Here comes another update by Mozilla team towards Firefox 4 development!

If you all remember, recently we got an confirmation about Firefox 4 will have another beta i.e. beta 12 which will be out in market by early next week!

firefox 4 beta 12 image Update: Mozilla Aims To Finish Firefox 4 RC By February 25!

There is no end for Mozilla changing its Firefox 4 schedule. Previously Mozilla team had planned to ship the final version of Firefox 4 by February end! But now it doesn’t seem to be out by earlier planned date!

Due to some bugs which were found during building Beta 11 kept them pushing the RC and final version dates. And today we got an latest update which says Firefox 4 RC maybe available by this month end.

During the latest discussion about Firefox 4, one of the member of FF 4 development team Damon said,

Looking at the hardblocker bug list and not counting blocklist bugs, we have 22 bugs without patches (out of 51 open) that remain to be fixed to get to RC.

This is it.  It’s time to do the final push to get Firefox 4 to release candidate.

Time to show fortitude.  We’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again.  Let’s finish these last few bugs and aim to finish RC by Feb 25th.

Here is the latest update about Firefox 4 bugs,

  • 22 non-blocklist bugs without patches (out of 51 open) that remain to be fixed to get to RC.
  • 91 non-blockers being fixed in the past seven days, and 84 actual blockers fixed.
  • 22 hardblockers remaining without patches.
  • 400-500 bugs fixed since February 3.

Tech Link: Get the latest blockers report.

Well this is the latest update we have got for your with regards to Firefox 4 release. Hope Mozilla team stick to this latest planned date and release Firefox 4 Release Candidate by this month end.

Internet Explorer 9 release candidate has got some some awesome updates and it has already entered browser war very strongly! We are hoping for Firefox to join in soon to watch 3-way battle between Chrome, IE and Firefox!

Are you excited about this latest update? Share what you feel! icon wink Update: Mozilla Aims To Finish Firefox 4 RC By February 25!

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Mozilla Plans For Firefox 4 Beta 12, Releases Beta 10!

firefox 41 Mozilla Plans For Firefox 4 Beta 12, Releases Beta 10!As planned and as scheduled Mozilla has released its next version of beta, Firefox 4 Beta 10. And planning for something more as well.

Firefox 4 Beta 10 Download and Features

firefox 4 beta 10 image Mozilla Plans For Firefox 4 Beta 12, Releases Beta 10!

Finally some good news for Firefox users and Mozilla has accelerated its pace. Mozilla has released Beta 10 and proved that it will stuck to its plan.

Firefox 4 Beta 10 is jut an another minor update towards adding new features. Notably, following are some small updates,

  1. Compatibilty and stability improvements when using Adobe Flash on Mac OS X
  2. Improvements in memory usage
  3. Support for a graphics driver blacklist to improve stability

It has also done some great improvement in fixing bugs. You can have a look at buglists fixed here.

firefox 4 beta 10 download link image Mozilla Plans For Firefox 4 Beta 12, Releases Beta 10!

May be Firefox 4 Beta 12!

Just a week before we got an update when Firefox 4 Beta 11 will be released. That time Mozilla had seriously said there won’t be Firefox 4 Beta 12 and will RC after beta 11.

But this time Mozilla has changed its plan. This is the updated beta plan as discussed in the Platform meeting earlier today. It is a modification of the previous plan based on current bug counts and fix rates.

  1. If all betaN hardblockers are done by this Friday afternoon PST (2011-01-28) we will build beta 11 at that time. This is essentially staying on the previously posted plan
  2. If on Friday there are remaining betaN hardblockers we will not build and instead defer the decision until Tuesday (2011-02-01)
  3. If all betaN hardblockers are done by next Tuesday afternoon PST (2011-02-01) we will build beta 11 at that time. There will be no planned beta 12
  4. If on Tuesday there are remaining betaN hardblockers we will make a judgement call
  5. If on Tuesday the remaining betaN hardblockers are on track to land before Friday (2011-02-04), we will not build on Tuesday and instead wait for Friday. There will be no planned beta 12
  6. If on Tuesday the remaining betaN hardblockers look at risk to land by Friday (2011-02-04) we will create beta 11 on Tuesday and plan on having a beta 12. Beta 12 will not have a fixed schedule and will instead be built when the remaining betaN hardblockers are at zero

As said in above 6 points, Mozilla still has plans for beta 12. And beta 11 release is all depends on how many hardblockers fixed.

There are still 72 bugs left that need to be fixed before the beta 11 and/or beta 12 can be released. However, if the remaining bugfixes land too late, there will be a beta 11 release next Tuesday and a Beta 12 will be built when all bugs are fixed, Mozilla’s Christian Legnitto said.

Ok, so how is this browsers war? Internet Explorer 9 inching towards its first RC, Mozilla’s plan towards Firefox 4 and Google Chrome’s never ending short releases! All these are heating up browsers war. We may expect Opera and Safari browsers joins soon.

As for now, do you think Mozilla has accelerated its plan and releases Firefox 4 as planned during February end? Hit comment box now and share what you feel icon smile Mozilla Plans For Firefox 4 Beta 12, Releases Beta 10!

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Firefox 4 Beta 10 Planned For January 24 & Beta 11 By 31!

firefox 41 Firefox 4 Beta 10 Planned For January 24 & Beta 11 By 31!Mozilla is back again with some news and they are trying to make their promise strong this time. We all saw some great new features, clean and chromified Firefox browser.

Mozilla team is already very late and delayed more than 3months in releasing Firefox 4.0. But Mozilla team has planned to release Firefox 4.0 by February end. Hope we won’t see anymore delays!

Beta 9 and Updates

firefox 4 beta 9 image Firefox 4 Beta 10 Planned For January 24 & Beta 11 By 31!

Last week Mozilla released Beta 9 and we saw some more new features added to it. Faster bookmarking and Startup and Per-compartment garbage collection were some of the new features added in Beta 9.

And it also got new database called IndexedDB. IndexedDB is an API for client-side storage of significant amounts of structured data and for high performance searches on this data using indexes. It is based on a W3C Working Draft for Indexed Database API.

Beta 10 and Beta 11 – 2 more to go!

firefox 4 beta 10 pre image Firefox 4 Beta 10 Planned For January 24 & Beta 11 By 31!

Well Mozilla has made a good move to release 2 more beta’s before RC. To control risk for the RC the plan is to do two betas (10 and 11) rather than hold beta 10 for all betaN hardblockers. This will give them a week of beta coverage for the 318 bug fixes while still allowing beta coverage for the remaining betaN hardblockers.

Mozilla team also said that,

Code freeze for beta 10 and 11 will also be a bit different. Previous betas closed the tree to stabilize and reduce beta risk. At this point in development, every day counts–we cannot shut down mozilla-central over the weekend as we have done before.

And about the bugs and hard-blockers count,

  1. More than 318 bugs have been marked fixed since beta 9.
  2. 57 hardblockers left for Beta 11.
  3. 39 final hardblockers left for RC.

Its more clear now that we may expect FF 4.0 RC by early February as planned by Mozilla development team. And final FF 4.0 by end of February.

Hope Mozilla won’t delay it anymore and we all get to have hands on most awaited Firefox 4.0 icon smile Firefox 4 Beta 10 Planned For January 24 & Beta 11 By 31! Watch out this space for more updates. Cheers icon wink Firefox 4 Beta 10 Planned For January 24 & Beta 11 By 31!