Firefox 3.6.4 Lorentz Hits Beta – Out-of-Process is Here!

From the ‘Agile Development‘ files:

Mozilla developers are now out with a new beta release of Firefox 3.6.4.

As opposed to Firefox 3.6.2 and Firefox 3.6.3 (there was no 3.6.1 release), the main focus for the 3.6.4 release isn’t about a security fix.

Both 3.6.2 and 3.6.3 were primarily bug and security updates. With 3.6.4 Mozilla is making it’s first point release under the Lorentz model which will deliver incremental new features onto the current 3.6.x branch without breaking backwards compatibility (for addons).

That said, 3.6.4 is all about stability in my view as the key new feature is something that will deliver a better crash-resistant browser.

“This version of Firefox will offer uninterrupted browsing for Windows
and Linux users when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple
Quicktime, or Microsoft Silverlight plugins,” Mozilla’s director of Firefox Mike Beltzner wrote. “If a crash in one of these
plugins happens, Firefox will continue to run and users will be able to
submit a crash report before reloading the page to try again.”

I’ve been running the earlier Lorentz release and in my experience it has made Firefox a better browser – hands down. Yes this is something that Chrome already has, but so what? Now Firefox will have it too and that’s a good thing for the 300 million plus users that rely on it for their web browsing.

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