Firefox 4 will no longer receive any more point releases, as Firefox 5 has been released as the latest security update for version 4.0.1. Mozilla has changed their release process and are using a rapid release schedule. Update for Firefox 5 is now available in the official Ubuntu 11.04 security repository, as well as Mozilla’s FTP servers. Firefox 5 might not have a large array of new features, however, it is meant to be faster, with enhanced performance, including better utilization of system memory, improved networking performance, HTML 5 support enhancements and more . You can download the beta version for numerous Ubuntu versions from the instructions given below.
Ubuntu 11.04 users can install Firefox 5 beta by entering the following commands in the Terminal. Ubuntu 11.04 users can also install Firefox 5 by running a regular update and without adding any PPA, since it is available in Ubuntu repositories.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 users can use the following Terminal commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
The latest version of Firefox Beta has the following changes:
- Added support for CSS animations
- The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
- Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, Math ML, SMIL, and canvas
- Improved spell checking for some locales
- Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users
- Web GL content can no longer load cross-domain textures
- Background tabs have set Timeout and set Interval clamped to 1000ms to improve performance
- The Firefox development channel switcher introduced in previous Firefox Beta updates has been removed
You can also get the latest Firefox version from the download link given below.