December 20, 2011

Firefox 9 Released with 36% improved JavaScript Performance

Firefox 9 has been released today (is already available for download via direct links but the website hasn't been updated yet) with improved JavaScript performance (by 20 to 36%) thanks to Type Inference, some additional HTML5 and CSS support, support for querying Do Not Track status via JavaScript and the usual bug and stability fixes. More info, HERE.

What's new in Firefox 9

The latest version of Firefox has the following changes:

Firefox 9 will be available as a security update via the official repositories for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and 11.04 Natty Narwhal users, but if you don't want to wait, you can already install it by using the Ubuntu Mozilla Security PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox

For Ubuntu Lucid and Maverick, Firefox 9 should be available in the Firefox Stable Channel PPA soon: "ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable" (in fact, the packages have already been built successfully, but publishing has been disabled for the PPA for now).

Until the Mozilla website is updated to provide the latest Firefox 9, here are direct download links: LinuxMac and Windows.

For the latest beta, add the following from the Firefox Beta Channel PPA:

Add the Firefox beta channel PPA (available for Ubuntu 11.10, 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04) - this will replace your current stable Firefox installation:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox

Also see: Firefox Beta Channel PPAFirefox Aurora Channel PPA and Firefox Nightly Channel PPA (can be installed side-by-side with the latest stable Firefox).