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Browser Version Numbers Are Now Irrelevant – And That’s a Good Thing

Mozilla is getting ready to officially launch Firefox 6 tomorrow. That’s less than two months after the release of Firefox 5 and not even half a year since the launch of Firefox 4. Indeed, there is now some talk in the Firefox community to get rid of version numbersin the user interface altogether. That’s not a bad idea. Users really shouldn’t have to worry about which version of a given browser they are running and those version numbers have now become mostly irrelevant anyway.

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Next: Opera Browser Gets a Dev Channel, Too

Blame Chrome. Ever since Google started releasing self-updating developer versions of its browser, other have been following suit. Mozilla now users the same concept for releasing early (and potentially unstable) versions of Firefox and starting today, Opera will use the same concept to give early adopters a sneak peak at upcoming version (codename Swordfish) of its browser, too. Dubbed Opera Next, users can install this version parallel to the stable version of Opera (these will remain two completely separate installs).

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Mozilla's Asa Dotzler: "Chrome Team is Bowing to Pressure from Google's Advertising Business"

Mozilla has been lobbying for. While Microsoft, Apple, Firefox and Opera have either already implemented this feature or will do so soon, Google is still holding out. According to Mozilla’s director of community development Asa Dotzler, the “Chrome team is bowing to pressure from Google’s advertising business and that’s a real shame.” Indeed, Dotzler says in his blog post, this situation is similar to what happened when Netscape released version 7.0 of its browser.