Firefox 3.6.4 will bring in a new era of Mozilla Firefox web browser. With Firefox 3.6.4, Mozilla is not releasing just another minor update to its open source browser, but rather are going for a new Firefox evolution. In today’s tough competition in the browser market with so many tough competitors, it is very much-needed for Firefox to have a secure place. If you see closely, you will find that Firefox 3.6.4 has swallowed the development of Firefox 3.7 as Mozilla wants to boost the stability of Firefox through the introduction of a completely new feature, which is designed to cut off plug-ins from the main Firefox process and run them in as a separate process.
The latest beta of Firefox, version 3.6.4 beta 4 features this new functionality of cutting off plug-ins from Firefox.
Firefox “Lorentz” provides uninterrupted browsing for Windows and Linux users when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins.
If a plugin crashes or freezes, it will not affect the rest of Firefox. You will be able to reload the page to restart the plugin and try again.
Firefox Lorentz will become part of a future release of Firefox 3.6.
In the beginning of this week, Mozilla offered Firefox Lorentz (version 3.6.4 Beta build) for testing. Firefox 3.6.4 Beta Build 4 is available for testing, but the update has at least one more hurdle ahead of being wrapped up. Mozilla is now working hard to resolve all the bugs that are preventing it from finalizing the release of Firefox 3.6.4.
Mozilla plans to deliver Out of Process Plug-ins with Firefox 3.7 to users. Out of Process plug-ins will be plug-ins such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight which will run separately from Firefox, just like Google Chrome handles extensions as a separate process now. This will greatly improve the stability of Firefox and will not impact its performance in the event when these plug-ins are affected by poor performance or when they crashes.
You can download Firefox 3.6.4 Beta Build 4 from here.
Note: Firefox 3.6.4 Beta Build 4 is a pre-release software and you may encounter compatibility problems with some websites and add-ons. For more details, read the release notes and known issues.