Anyhow Mozilla has finally released their next version of the web browser, Firefox 6.0 which brings few changes to the GUI + especially for GNU/Linux users, Firefox 6.0 is now faster than ever thanks to the GCC 4.5 compiler series, "aggressive optimizations" according to Mike Hommey (a Mozilla developer) who wrote a post sometime ago.
*. Well, if you've been using the it from the Beta version, then there aren't that many changes concerning the overall GUI and windows. But as said the address bar now highlights the "Top level" domain name, not a biggie, but maybe useful to some.
*. As said loads and feels a bit faster for the GNU/Linux users where in the past Firefox Windows version was always superior to the GNU/Linux version which "was" sad since Mozilla itself was an open-source project.
*. Reduced memory consumptions (as much as by 30% in some cases!).
*. Enhanced support for HTML 5 and CSS animations.
*. A newly added feature called "Permission manager" that lets us easily configure the behavior of passwords, cookies, pop-up, etc with ease. You can access its window by using the below command in the Firefox address bar.
*. Better Java-script support (thanks to the Scratchpad, developers can easily build and run Java-scripts with ease in this version of Firefox).
*. Few improvements over the Firefox Sync app ... are just a few to mention.
You can install Firefox 6.0 in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and 10.04 Lucid Lynx by using the below commands in your Terminal window.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stableBut please be aware that the 11.04 packages are not released yet but this PPA is actually for the Maverick and Meerakt users (lucky geeks!) thus for the Natty users, I think FF6 will arrive in the official repositories with in few hours . So we gotta be a little patient :/.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
If you want a more "cleaner" installation, then backup your bookmarks, etc and completely remove the current firefox by using the below command.
sudo apt-get purge firefox
Then follow the installation using the above commands.