Another week, another version of Firefox

Mountain View, CA – It’s pretty much turning into a full time job downloading new versions and patches for Firefox, with one seemingly appearing every few days.

Hot on the heels of last week’s Firefox 3.5.2 patch, comes the alpha of its successor, Firefox 3.6, slated for launch in November.

Mozilla says Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1 includes speed improvements to the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, startup speed tweaks and several under-the-hood changes. Codenamed ‘Namoroka’, Firefox 3.6 is based on Gecko 1.9.2, the still-in-development upgrade to Mozilla’s rendering engine.

Firefox director Mike Beltzner said Mozilla developers had to choose if the follow-on to Firefox 3.5 would be a maintenance release or a full-blown major upgrade, eventually deciding on incorporating fewer changes in exchange for a shorter development timescale.

“Namoroka is to be an incremental release, building upon the success of Firefox 3.5,” said Mozilla, adding that it will incorporate performance enhancements around browser startup, opening new tabs and loading bookmarked pages.

It will also add support for Windows 7 features such as ‘Aero Peek’, that enables users to see the desktop behind open windows.

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