Firefox Silently Releases Version 6, May Remove Versions Altogether
8/16/2011 by: Marcus Pollice
Around eight weeks ago, Mozilla Foundation released Firefox 5. Today, the foundation released Firefox 6. While the release of Firefox 5 back then was carried out a bit louder, Mozilla did not went into too much PR talk about the today's release. This is due to the rapid release model we talked about earlier.
Firefox market share has been almost flat since June
Going forward, in about six weeks we are going to see the next release. Keep your fingers crossed for an early October release of Firefox 7, which brings significant UI performance advancements and massively improved memory management. Firefox 7 should move to the beta channel in the coming days. Meanwhile Firefox 8 is pushed to the Aurora channel and Firefox 9 is the new nightly build.
About Firefox 6.0 window clearly shows the version number. According to Mozilla, this won't last for long.
Speaking of insanely inflated version numbers, a bit farther down the road, they are probably entirely going away. Mozilla developers plan to remove the version number from almost every place of their website and the UI.
The plan states that there will be a way to retrieve the current version of the browser, but only for troubleshooting. The About dialog should only display whether you are running the most recent version and when this was checked the last time. Updates should be provided as silent as possible, so users should no longer really notice, when their version is incremented. The change is met with some controversy, but some of the most influential developers are determined to make this change happen. To give a rough estimate, it shouldn't happen before Firefox 9/10.
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