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Firefox 6.0 Beta 4 has been released. This is the last beta according to the schedule. The stable version of Firefox 6 will be released on 16th of August, 2011. The current stable release of Firefox is 5.0 The latest version of Firefox 6 beta 4 includes the following enhancements and features:

  • The address bar now highlights the domain of the website you’re visiting
  • Streamlined the look of the site identity block
  • Added support for the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API
  • Added support for EventSource / server-sent events
  • Added support for window.matchMedia
  • Added Scratchpad, an interactive JavaScript prototyping environment
  • Added a new Web Developer menu item and moved development-related items into it
  • Improved usability of the Web Console
  • Improved the discoverability of Firefox Sync
  • Reduced browser startup time when using Panorama

If you are installing Firefox 6 beta on your production system and have already installed a previous version of Firefox, Firefox 6 beta will overwrite the current installation. All your history, settings and bookmarks will be preserved. But some of the add-ons may not work due to compatibility issues.

Here is the list of issues that still needs to be resolved in this beta version:

All Systems

  • For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual
  • If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash

Microsoft Windows

  • Some users of Adobe Reader X have experienced instability when viewing PDF documents in the browser. Uninstalling and reinstalling Adobe Reader X has been determined to resolve the issue

Mac OS X

  • This version of the beta will not work on Macintosh hardware with Power PC CPU

Linux and Unix

  • The video control buttons may not work when viewing QuickTime videos with libtotem
  • Users compiling from source might need a newer gcc and libstdc++ as the build requirements have changed

Download Firefox 6.0 Beta 4

Update: Firefox 6.0 Stable version has been released. Kindly download Firefox 6.0 Stable instead of beta.

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