Firefox 6 Final Release – A Tale From The Future

Codrut Nistor June 27, 2011 36

Firefox really seems to be in a hurry these days, don’t you think? Let’s just have a short recap: after a few years of 3.x releases (Firefox 3 was released back in mid-June, 2008!!!), Firefox 4 arrived on the 22nd of March of this year, quickly followed by Firefox 5, only about three months later (on the 21st of June, to be more precise). Now, it seems that Firefox 6 will arrive on the 16th of August. Why so soon? Obviously, because both Firefox 4 and Firefox 5 suck, to be honest. These being said, let’s have that short trip…

… into the future: it’s the 16th of August, 2011 and Firefox 6, final release, hits the road just as planned. What’s new in Firefox 6? Well, before moving to the Firefox 6 features part, we should take another look at Firefox 4 and 5 with their changes, so here we go:

- Firefox 4: promising to be much faster than its predecessor and offering an “improved interface” (this is how they call it, I call it “Google Chrome ripoff” and I know I’m not the only one), this Firefox version came with the Gecko 2.0 engine and improved support for HTML5, WebM or WebGL, things that matter less than support for plugins that people have been using for ages, the main reason that kept away a lot of 3.x users from upgrading. Even more, performance improvements remained only a promise…

- Firefox 5: Mozilla even copied Google Chrome’s style of new releases and version number increments, but forgot one little thing – actual improvements and fixes. Now, even some of the plugins that worked with Firefox 4 stopped to work. Great job, Mozilla! … NOT.

Now, let’s see those amazing Firefox 6 features:

- Firefox 6 doesn’t use 400 MB of physical memory out of the box. It uses 2 GB of swap instead.
- Speed has been significantly increased. Firefox 6 crashes two times faster than any previous version.
- The new tab scrolling feature allows you to scroll inside a single tab that has no scrollable content. Amazing!
- Domain highlighting in address bar helps you feel better that your updated browser really has a new feature. The fact that only 1 or 2 percent of its total amount of users will actually use it is nothing more but a minor detail.
- The Permissions Manager sounds great in theory. People who are really into that kind of stuff are already using plugins to manage what’s to be shared with other sites… wait, those plugins won’t work with Firefox 6! Well, people into that kind of stuff (like “feeling that your personal data is safe,” you know…) will move to some other browser. Any other browser. Now.
- Firefox 6 REALLY helps you stay safe – no matter what you do, it calls directly to FBI, NSA and CIA. Nothing wrong with you, just to keep you away from any kind of possible harm. It’s all for your good, don’t worry!

Breaking News: According to the last reports, Firefox 8 will be the last release of the browser from Mozilla. Google acquired all there was to acquire and will close it for good soon. Finally, Firefox users can simply use Google Chrome and stop lying to themselves.

That’s all, folks! This is how I see Firefox 6 – sooner or later, we’ll all see it coming around and, to be honest, even if we leave all jokes above aside, I don’t think we should expect anything really good from it. Mozilla lost it with Firefox 4. It’s only a matter of time until they realize that. Anyway… let’s stick to Firefox 6 and ask you one final question: what do you expect from Firefox 6? I’m looking forward to your answers! ;)


  1. firefox fan June 29, 2011 at 3:34 am - Reply


  2. jj June 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    I completely agree. Firefox has gone way downhill.
    Nothing works right. It’s like they want you to use IE.

  3. Tim July 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Firefox 4 mockups were already there before Chrome existed. If one is a rip-off of the other, it’s the other way round. The difference is that Mozilla actually did a usability research before implementing tabs on top. Google just did it.

    I won’t even *try* to reply on the rest of your story. It’s just plain bullshit not worth my time.

    Just one thing: because of its multiprocess design, Chrome uses quite a lot more memory on my machine. Really.

    Its speed is also dependent on the actual test. To see Chrome suck in JavaScript, please read this blog (with test included):

    If you want to see Chrome suck at HTML5 graphics performance, read this article:

    The only major performance killer of Firefox is its dated garbage collection. I am waiting eagerly for the generational GC to land on trunk :)

    Just wanting to say: get your facts straight, you fanboy! ;)

    Oh, and if you want me to answer your question: I am not expecting a whole lot of Firefox 6. I actually just laughed at them when 5 got released and I will probably do the same with FF6. But its (a little more distant) future shines bright :)

    • Cosmin September 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Tim, I think you and I are the fanboys here.

      Care to share some proof about your first statement with the tabs?

      Also, giving us examples of how to crush Chrome isn’t really relevant. We’re talking about average daily use here, not geek stuff ;)

      I use FF in my daily web dev and have always loved it. It was my first recommendation no matter what. Now I have to put up with it freezing at 5 min intervals, all the time, on any site I open, no matter how many tabs I have opened.

      So, if there’s one hardcore fanboy here, that’s me. But this fanboy is moving away from Firefox, until they get their sit together.

      Unfortunately, I’ll have to deal with it, since people use it (because it was great a while back) and I build sites for people… but I’m not looking at its shiny future, for me it’s dying…

  4. Csaba Kissi July 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I actually don’t do any measurement myself, I simply compare the speed on sites I usually visit. For me Chrome is much more faster than FF with about the same number of plugins installed.

  5. Codrut Nistor July 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Who said I am a Chrome fanboy? I use Opera more than any other browser, but I can’t say I found the perfect one yet, so I also mess with Chrome, Avant or Maxthon from time to time. Oh, yeah, I use Firefox pretty often, too – they had the world at their feet and they messed up A LOT. The “little more distant” future may not shine at all for Firefox, unfortunately…

  6. Snail IQ July 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    This is the kind of “article” that makes one question the limits between freedom of speech, and what people shouldn’t be allowed to say in a public medium such as the Internet.

    That you (obviously) have a strong personal bias regarding browsers is one thing. But that you’d steep as low as posting the above ridiculous rant as an equally ridiculous vain attempt to mis-inform potentially uneducated readers, only serves to emphasize your own inepcy as a writer and your own lack of moral character.

    • Codrut Nistor July 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      Breathe in, breathe out, repeat a few times – relax, buddy! Go out with your buddies, have a beer, listen to some quality jokes, laugh, relax. Have a joint, relax. Take a lady to a restaurant, then maybe to your room, reeeeelax!
      There’s no best browser and I’m free to hate Firefox for being headed into the wrong direction – I am not the only one who says this.

      That “ridiculous rant” is what I hope to remain a little piece of satirical writing… or a prophecy that may come true one day. No matter which one proves to be true, you got all heated up without a solid reason, so RELAX!

  7. wsgf822 July 24, 2011 at 3:16 am - Reply

    I hate Firefox 5.0.1 for Mac. I reinstalled 3.6.17. Firefox 5 browser page gave me a headache––all the color, unnecessary tabs, icons, bells and whistles.

  8. JoeyD July 29, 2011 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Ever since Firefox got in with Google and went for all profit, they completely went downhill, I was with them all the way back to 2003….. they use to have heart, now it’s more of a public relations, sales and marketing ploy……..

  9. Eduardo August 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    You have problems.
    Firefox 8.0 is faster than Chrome 14.
    Mozilla will comming back to the speedy race and will do the pole.

  10. Israel Borges August 13, 2011 at 3:21 am - Reply
  11. Cattleya August 13, 2011 at 9:51 am - Reply

    “Breaking News: According to the last reports, Firefox 8 will be the last release of the browser from Mozilla.”

    Can you tell me where you see that news, thank!
    If that is true, that’s hurt : (
    But I hope that is not true, add-on page just update recently, much better:
    I don’t think they do it if they want end Firefox, or I just a begin of a new browser of Mozilla with a new name, not Firefox anymore.

    ” Google acquired all there was to acquire and will close it for good soon. Finally, Firefox users can simply use Google Chrome and stop lying to themselves.”

    Chrome never can replace Firefox, you know, some Firefox add-on cannot port to Google Chrome like ImgLikeOpera, Tab Scope because in Chrome’s code, it is not supported!

    AdBlock of Google Chrome is not perfect, it block ad very slow and before, it just hide ad after page load compelete.

    And Google Chrome is not supported WYSIWYG for old forum VBulletin 3.8.x. WYSIWYG is relly helpful, I can’t live without it.

    About RAM usage: Chrome uses so much RAM than Firefox, up to three times:

    Chrome freezes when open 100-200 tabs.

    Chrome Webapps Store is bad, AdBlock in Fun Category, what the hell ? Firefox add-on Page is much better.

    Almost Chrome add-on is ported from bookmarklet, like Kick Ass:

    Chrome have no tab group to manage tab, with tab group, I can open up to 2000 tabs with Firefox but still easily swith from tab to tab.

    Chrome with >40 tabs then I cannot see tab favicon, it just a blank. Awesome Google Chrome ?
    Firefox still ok, bonus two arrows button to switch from tab to tab.
    Chrome address bar only good for English user, if user type other language than English to address bar, problem here:

    Why I need switch to Chrome if it has so much cons.

    “- Domain highlighting in address bar helps you feel better that your updated browser really has a new feature. The fact that only 1 or 2 percent of its total amount of users will actually use it is nothing more but a minor detail.”

    Agree, I hate this feature, black address bar is better, highlight make my eyes hurt : (
    But still can turn it off, go to about:config -> New Boolean -> browser.urlbar.formatting.enabled -> false -> OK : “>~~~

    “- The Permissions Manager sounds great in theory. People who are really into that kind of stuff are already using plugins to manage what’s to be shared with other sites… wait, those plugins won’t work with Firefox 6! Well, people into that kind of stuff (like “feeling that your personal data is safe,” you know…) will move to some other browser. Any other browser. Now.”

    Yes, I no need this feature, or leave it to add-on, Firefox is a browser that can’t lack of extension. Built-in a add-on make a add-on discontinue.

    I finally, I think what Firefox need are simplier, lighter, and faster, built-in will make add-on developer depressed…

  12. Pro August 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Writing such bullcrap won’t make your site popular.
    Pathetic article. It’s clear you have no idea what are u “writing” about.
    Greetings. :)

    • Codrut Nistor August 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Please enlighten me, because until you don’t come with some solid arguments, your comment is just as bullcrap as you claim this article is. Maybe you’ve been using Firefox since 1950 and you can share with us a bit of your endless knowledge. We’re waiting… ;)

    • Csaba Kissi August 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      I think this post made it. Huge discussion. And that’s what we need ;) Of course… somebody likes FF others Chrome or any other browser.
      I know Codrut is using Opera and he’s quite satisfied with it. For me Chrome is the winner.
      Anyway… discussion is important to initiate improvements. That’s the case.

  13. Pro August 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Go to extremetech, softpedia, neowin, downloadsquad, ghacks, mozilla blogs, etc. maybe u will finally get some useful reliable informations instead of spreading fud.

    • Csaba Kissi August 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      :D , Codrut is a former editor of Softpedia.

  14. Pro August 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm - Reply
  15. Aaron Toponce August 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Breaking extensions by incrementing the release number, is not the fault of Mozilla, but the developer of the extension. All extensions are version specific, which means that an extension developer should be doing his homework, and testing his extension in development builds of the browser, so when the browser pushes, they can push their extension the same day (or earlier), and make a seamless release for users.

    Also, your claim that Firefox 4/5 were massive memory hogs is interesting. As of typing this right now, I have 7 pinned tabs, and 13 unpinned tabs, in Iceweasel 5. My browser has been open for a full week, and I open and close tabs all the time. Currently, I’m using 560 MB. Contrast that with the PID per tab approach of Chrome/Chromium. It’s not uncommon for me to be using 800 MB in a similar situation. The PID per tab process uses much more RAM.

    Regarding your comment of Firefox ripping off Chrome, there’s a lot to say about that. First, isn’t that the point of innovation? A competitor makes an amazing product, so you respond by not only copying, but improving. Standard competition and innovation there. However, Firefox 4 mockups showed tabs on top around the Firefox 2 timeframe. Mozilla was doing usability research long before the Chrome browser released. So, who copied who (as if that really matters anyway)?

    Tracemonkey also was not a response to V8, but developed independently by Mozilla, where V8 was “acquired” by Google. Further, Gecko 2.0 was hitting HTML5 and CSS3 specifications long before Chrome released, and manages to impress every release.

    Personally, I have found Iceweasel 4 and 5 to be stellar releases, and I’m looking forward to 6. I also enjoy running the latest Chromium releases, seeing where the innovation is happening, and how the competition responds.

    So, I hope you don’t mind me saying that your article reeks a bit of fanboyism.

    • Codrut Nistor August 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Agree with the PID per tab part, but Firefox 4/5 should have been better than FF 3. I hope you agree with me that they simply made a lot of people appreciate FF 3 even more.

      I know it may seem like I’m a Chrome fanboy, but I’m not. I used FF as my primary browser for quite a long time and really loved it, now I spend most of my online time switching between Opera and Maxthon. To be honest, I can’t say I’m crazy about any browser at this time – I also have Safari, FF, Chrome, Rockmelt, Lunascape and a few others on my machine… :\

  16. Aaron Toponce August 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Your comment system is breaking line breaks to separate paragraphs. FYI.

  17. Israel Borges August 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm - Reply
  18. Anonymous August 17, 2011 at 4:15 am - Reply

    At first I was really confused. I’m just a kid, and while I know more about technology than most people my age, the first couple of comments were really very conflicting. My dad also happens to be a fan of Chrome. However, upon seeing all of the later posts, I have decided that the facts are against you, Codrut Nistor. They are posting information that I can believe, and they are even listing their sources. So how do you all feel about being brought to your senses by a kid? This is a pretty ridiculous argument, and the Chrome fans just counter all the facts by saying that it is bs. That is stooping very, very low. A comment to everybody, though. Could you please improve your grammar and sentence structure?

  19. Anonymous August 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Diversity of choice is a strength. Chrome is not the end all, be all. What you’ve said has been said many times about Mozilla in the past. ‘Not any good’….’On the wrong path’….’I don’t like it because I’m a wonky tech nit-picker’…..And? Yep, still here. Get used to it, pal.

  20. Codrut Nistor August 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I got used to it. IE is still here, for example, but got better in the last few releases. No problem with that, only that it’s still not enough to make it a worthy choice for a lot of users. Soon, FF will stop being a worthy choice for a lot of users. That doesn’t make any of them to go away. At least not yet…

    P.S. Regarding the “reliable information” part of your comments, Anonymous, let me tell you the title again – “A Tale FROM THE FUTURE”. Got it? ;)

  21. CaptCrispy August 28, 2011 at 2:51 am - Reply

    After reading the ping pong forum match we have going on here. My regards to the writer, I am impressed and wished more writers would defend their work. Imagine a future where Yahoo! bloggers defend their articles against the angry hordes. With that, its still a tale. I just want the hang ups to go way and I would be happy.

  22. thumperca August 28, 2011 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Firefox 8 Aurora and Firefox 7 Beta version – again complete failures from Mozilla

    • CaptCrispy August 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      No kidding! Just because I’m a coder doesn’t mean I want to help solve Mozillas problems. I just want something that works the way I want it to but that’s the business part of me talking. I will wait to see if they fix the hang up issue with the next update. Otherwise I will jump ship. I played around with Opera last night but am impartial to it.

    • Seymour Butz August 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Beta and Alpha software have bugs and problems? Holy crap that’s so unusual, it’s almost like you’re expected to test the software for them before final release.

      • Codrut Nistor August 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm - Reply

        Heh, I totally agree with you. The problem appears when those releases come out of Beta and still have problems… but let’s hope Firefox will get back on track!

  23. pokey5735 September 21, 2011 at 2:36 am - Reply

    I was a Firefox fan. Not past v 3.6 though. Firefox should have just fixed the glitches and should have stuck with the basics. Firefox has been heading in the direction of Netscape and IE for a long time. It is sad because this was a very popular browser. And now….just junk.
    And I don’t like Chrome either.

    • Codrut Nistor September 21, 2011 at 5:57 am - Reply

      You really have to try Maxthon, in case you missed it so far. I think you may enjoy it a lot.

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