I don't remember where I read this, but wasn't the version number bumped because it's a separate branch from trunk rather than development on the 4.x branch?
They've simply moved to a time-based release schedule rather than basing it on features.
Originally Posted by Ex-Cyber
So every 3 months a new major version will be released, whereas before they would attempt to add a bunch of new features and wait until it was working before releasing.
FWIW, there seems to be general agreement that FF5 is better than FF4. So as long as they stick to higher version number == better softare we ought to be ok.
Look again, it's there.
Originally Posted by bbordwell
Actually, I think they will be releasing a major version every 6 WEEKs. The current Firefox 6 is on Aurora channel for 2 more weeks and then on beta for 6 weeks. Then the release is set. The 2 week delay only exists between FF 5 (which was done faster) and FF 6 and will not exist in next versions.
Originally Posted by smitty3268
That DNT header is not a cure-all as the standards don't require sites to honor it, so indeed this is a pointless feature at the moment
Originally Posted by droidhacker
FF5 is noticeably faster for sure...some memory leaks fixed too
It pretty much guarantees more exposure on tech sites, I dare say 'version 5 is out!' yields more coverage than 'version 4.1 is out!' no matter what the actual improvements are.
Originally Posted by locovaca
Also faster turnaround on major version numbers likely gives the impression that more is happening with the software than actually is, worked for Chrome ('hory shet, it's already at version 13!! this software must be so great!!').
Actually the effect is already weaning off, all the Chrome and FF dick-waving is causing everyone to start ignoring major version announcements, even for software that does not follow that model.
Heh, I stopped caring about FF releases after 1.x series. After that it became just another bloated browser.
Originally Posted by curaga
Bloated in what respect? Memory-wise it uses the least amount of ram when using ~20+ pages when compared to the other mainstream browsers (Chrome, IE, Safari, Opera).
Originally Posted by deanjo
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