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Firefox 3.5 Launched

Gordon Kelly


Firefox 3.5 Launched

The title says it all really...

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.5 and the 7.6MB download comes with new functionality, better security and far greater performance.

The latter is getting a great deal of attention at the moment with Firefox 3.5 loading pages up to twice as quickly as Firefox 3.0.x and up to 5x faster an Internet Explorer 8. That said, it still hasn't caught Webkit based Google Chrome or Safari 4.

In terms of security, there are extra layers of protection against phishing sites with full page warnings coming up before users access potentially dangerous pages. Taking a leaf out of Google Chrome, v3.5 also sees a porn 'Private Browsing' mode though frustratingly unlike Chrome it forces the user to close their other standard browsing session before this will open. Geolocation makes an appearance too but sadly not the multi-touch control seen in early builds.

Despite all this however the key benefit to Firefox remains its third party add-ons and with next generation Jetpack extensions in the pipeline this should keep Firefox fans content for some time yet (at least until Chrome extensions throw the cat amongst the pigeons}).

Upgrading ASAP is a smart move but it is wise to make sure your favourite add-ons are compatible. Given the similarity of 3.5 with the three previous release candidates most are already. One notable exception is Google Gears but that should be fixed sooner rather than later.

So with Firefox 3.0.x already snaffling 20 per cent market share and the introduction of Windows 7 E it will be interesting to see what Firefox 3.5 can achieve.

Update: If you're up for a little statistical geekry then I suggest you head over to downloadstats.mozilla.com where real time Firefox 3.5 downloads are being counted and tracked by region. The total stands at over 5m since yesterday but the UK is lagging behind the US, Germany, Japan and France. Come on guys!


Firefox 3.5


July 1, 2009, 5:48 am

I think it's great! Significantly faster than before. Just too bad some of my favorite add-ons don't work on it. I really miss tab mix plus.

I should have checked this out first https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...

Tony Walker

July 1, 2009, 6:12 am

Posting this with 3.5 right now!

In the short time we've known each other I can cheerfully say it responds and loads stuff waaaaay faster than 3.x.


July 1, 2009, 6:50 am

@Ohmz - TBP works just fine. Grab the latest dev build here: http://tmp.garyr.net/forum/vie...


July 1, 2009, 6:51 am

Apologies, wrong link. Newest Tab Mix Plus build: http://tmp.garyr.net/forum/vie...


July 1, 2009, 7:12 am

Oh Gordon you're hilarious.

Thanks for that, seems to work fine now! Best extension ever, after AdBlock Plus of course. :)


July 1, 2009, 12:24 pm

Why is it that when I type "Will Smith" into the location bar (aka address bar) Firefox3.5 takes me directly to the Will Smith Wikipedia page, but when I type "George Clooney" into the location bar it takes me to a the google search results for George Clooney. I just want to do a google search all the time like chrome does.

I don't really like Will Smith, but that George Clooney is still dead sexy.


July 1, 2009, 12:30 pm

i'm just starting to get a bit bored of the browser wars. normally i would be running this already but just not that bothered. ff3 works fine for now.

Paul 7

July 1, 2009, 12:37 pm

Definitely faster - much faster starting than 3 and quicker loading and rendering pages.


July 1, 2009, 12:41 pm

Liking Private browsing (aka Porn) mode. Also looking forward to Firefox 4(?): Namoroka launching in 2010:



July 1, 2009, 7:56 pm

Wait for 4.0 I only use it for testing now, I find with firefox 3.sumfin bloat addons that I can grow a beard and sometimes it's pushing the windows 7 boot up. Why this is I don't know and I don't care unless Mozilla want to hire me i'm not in business of benchmarking and clock watching. I'm still very happy with IE8 if it could morph with Opera that could be my browser for life. End of the day it's only a browser and they have after many releases become more stable.


July 1, 2009, 10:52 pm

@MGDdrinker: Not really Firefox's fault, this depends on how high a page sits on Google's ranking system. Google thinks that Will Smith's Wikipedia page is by far his most visited page, so Firefox takes you straight there. However, George Clooney doesn't have any single page that's more frequently visited than any other, so Firefox takes you to Google's search results.

Clever stuff, but if you want Firefox to always return Google's search results, use the search box. It's only a few inches to the right...


July 2, 2009, 12:42 am

@Chris ~ Thanks for the response. I know the search box in Firefox is sitting right there but Chrome's use of the single box for everything is so much more elegant.


July 2, 2009, 3:19 am

Its so lovely and quick but ifox smooth doesn't work! :'(


July 2, 2009, 4:59 pm

@MGDdrinker - Actually, I think so too. In fact, I reckon that Google have almost nailed the address bar, but I prefer the more graphical, two-lines-per-item way that Firefox displays drop-down results in the address bar.

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