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Windows/Mac/Linux: After the release of Firefox 4, Firefox moved to an accelerated, Chrome-like channel system, starting with the bleeding-edge Aurora version of Firefox 5. Today they've released the Beta version, which will let you take advantage of its performance increases in a more stable environment.
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Mozilla is pleased to release a new Firefox Beta for download and testing.
Mozilla recently introduced the Firefox Aurora development channel to support more frequent releases. The shift to a rapid release development cycle delivers cutting edge Firefox features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster.
Mozilla Blog

The main point of the article is - they released an option to switch between several release channels. Earlier you would have to download a new installer every time you wanted to switch versions, but now you can switch right from the browser.
Edited by srsdude - 5/21/11 at 10:52am
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Ugh, better performance, and?

I am not liking this pace, Mozilla.
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The performance just isn't there. I was on the Aurora Channel for a little and FF is noticeably slower than Opera for me. FF has the best add-on support, but other browsers have pretty much caught up imo.

Hell even IE9 feels faster than FF
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FF has been unstable for both myself and friends for the past few versions.

Not impressed. My friends migrated to Chrome, but i'm still staying faithful. I do ask myself why, though.
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well, at least they're pushing on. i'll install later when there's more point, but yeah, i agree - they do need to make the browser itself faster. Opera, and Chrome feel about as fast, if not faster.
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The performance just isn't there. I was on the Aurora Channel for a little and FF is noticeably slower than Opera for me. FF has the best add-on support, but other browsers have pretty much caught up imo.

Hell even IE9 feels faster than FF
Either it´s faster or it´s not. Pick one.
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Stay away from betas. Canary builds of Chrome and Firefox betas crash all the time.
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Thanks, Iceblade
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I tried it out and it's faster than Chrome 12 (with partial hardware acceleration enabled via about:flags) in all of the HTML 5 tests at the IE9 test drive site.
    
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The performance just isn't there. I was on the Aurora Channel for a little and FF is noticeably slower than Opera for me. FF has the best add-on support, but other browsers have pretty much caught up imo.

Hell even IE9 feels faster than FF
Uninstall your addons. No seriously, they cause slow downs. I keep my addons just because start up time doesn't matter except to fanboys.

My only reason for considering Chrome is for future support for all the crazy stuff Google comes out with that will be Chrome-only (naturally).
Edited by Z Overlord - 5/21/11 at 1:46pm
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