Mozilla Firefox 5 Final Available for Download [Windows, Linux, Mac]

Development of Mozilla Firefox has really speed up. We can tell this from the fact that Mozilla developers earlier set the official release date of Firefox 5 to June 21, still three days from today. Users, who do not want to wait for the official announcement of the stable release, can go ahead and download the popular web browser from the official Mozilla ftp site.

Though not relevant to the stable channel users, one thing to be noted is Mozilla developers has removed the Channel Switcher feature from both Aurora and Beta builds. See Channel Switcher for some information about it. You can get more information on why it is removed from Bugzilla: Bug 659972.

What’s new in Firefox 5? The release notes list the following new features and changes:

  • Added support for CSS animations
  • The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
  • Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance
  • Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
  • WebGL content can no longer load cross-domain textures
  • Improved spell checking for some locales
  • Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users.
  • Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000ms to improve performance

Interested users can get access to the complete list of bugs fixed in Firefox 5 here. Each entry links to Bugzilla where more information can be found. After installing the stable version of the web browser, do make sure that all your plugins are up-to-date by visiting this page. Users can get help and support for Firefox 5 from here.

The do not track header preference moved to the Privacy tab for an easy setup. Users can activate it to send a “do not track” request to each website they open and have better online privacy.


Users can download the latest version of Firefox 5 from the official Mozilla ftp server. Most Firefox release mirrors will also soon offer the new version on their servers.

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