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Mozilla Firefox 3.6
Mozilla Firefox IconMozilla Firefox wordmark
Firefox 3.6 Screenshot.png
Firefox 3.6 displaying Wikipedia on GNU/Linux.
Developer(s) Mozilla Corporation
Mozilla Foundation
Initial release January 21, 2010 (2010-01-21)
Written in C++, XUL, XBL, JavaScript,[1] CSS[2][3]
Operating system Windows
Mac OS X
Engine Gecko
Platform Cross-platform
Size 9.4 MB (Linux)
17.2 MB (Mac OS X)
7.9 MB (Windows)
(all archived)
Available in 75 languages
Development status Active
Type Web browser
FTP client
Gopher client
License MPL/GNU GPL/GNU LGPL/about:rights
Origins and Lineage
Firefox market share overview
According to Net Applications data

— February 2010[4]

Browser  % of Fx  % of Total
Firefox 1 0.12% 0.03%
Firefox 1.5 0.41% 0.10%
Firefox 2 3.05% 0.74%
Firefox 3 14.94% 3.62%
Firefox 3.5 60.01% 14.54%
Firefox 3.6 21.30% 5.16%
Other[FF 1] 0.17% 0.04%
All variants[5] 100% 24.23%
  1. ^ Other mostly consists of an
    unnumbered Firefox version
    and Firefox 3.1 which is a series of betas for 3.5.

Mozilla Firefox 3.6 is a version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser released in January 2010, adding a small number of new features to Firefox. The release's main features are improved performance (due to further speed improvements in the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine) and Personas (lightweight themes). It uses the Gecko 1.9.2 engine, which improves compliance with web standards. It was codenamed Namoroka.[6]

This release marks the beginning of a new development cycle for Firefox. As well as receiving major updates, the browser will also receive minor updates that also include new features. This is to allow users to receive new features quicker. This new development approach means that Mozilla's product road map will also be updated. Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's director of Firefox, and Mike Shaver, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, hope to release a new roadmap that reflects the changes.[7]



Development for this version started on December 1, 2008.[8] The first alpha of version 3.6 was released on August 7, 2009,[9] the first beta was released on October 30,[10] Beta 2 was released on November 10, Beta 3 was released on November 17, Beta 4 was released on November 26, Beta 5 was released on December 17,[11] Release Candidate 1 was released January 8, Release Candidate 2 was released on January 17,[12] and the final version was released on January 21.

Minor releases

Next on Mozilla's schedule after Firefox 3.6 is a minor update to Firefox 3.6 code-named "Lorentz" (after Lorentz National Park). The major feature of this release will be out-of-process plug-ins (OOPP), which isolates execution of plug-ins like Adobe's Flash or Apple's Quicktime into a separate process.[7]


New features for Firefox 3.6 include built-in support for Personas (toolbar skins), notification of out-of-date plugins,[13] full screen playback of Theora video, support for the WOFF open webfont format,[14] a more secure plugin system, and many performance improvements.[11]

See also

External links


  1. ^ Firefox's addons are written in JavaScript.
  2. ^ Firefox uses an "html.css" stylesheet for default rendering styles.
  3. ^ The Firefox addon, Stylish takes advantage of Firefox's CSS rendering to change the appearance of Firefox.
  4. ^ "Browser Version Market Share". February 2010.*%27&qpfiltertitle=Browser+Version+%3d+%22Firefox*%22&qpcal=1&qptimeframe=M&qpsp=133. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Browser Market Share for February, 2010". Net Applications. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Firefox/Namoroka". Mozilla Wiki. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  7. ^ a b "Firefox 3.6 due this month; next comes 'Lorentz'". 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  8. ^ Alfred Kayser (2008-12-01), First step to Firefox 3.2: Alpha 1 is here, Mozilla Links,, retrieved 2008-12-01 
  9. ^ "Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1 now available for download". Mozilla Developer Center. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  10. ^ "Firefox Delivery Meetings 2009-11-04 - MozillaWiki". Mozilla. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  11. ^ a b "Mozilla Firefox 3.6 Beta 5 Release Notes". 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  12. ^ "Mozilla Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate 1 Release Notes". Mozilla. 2010-01-08. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  13. ^ The check is performed not inside add-ons window (as if usual add-ons), but on the Mozilla site though.
  14. ^ Blizzard, Christopher (2009-10-20). "Web Open Font Format for Firefox 3.6". Retrieved 2009-12-19. 

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