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What is Beta like?

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I'm currently on the release channel, and I read that Aurora and Nightly are only for users that are capable of fixing bugs, so I don't feel that those are right for me. Beta seems nice though. How is it different from the release?

I'm currently on the release channel, and I read that Aurora and Nightly are only for users that are capable of fixing bugs, so I don't feel that those are right for me. Beta seems nice though. How is it different from the release?

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Do you have any experience with testing software?

It is always possible that things aren't working like they should and in such a case you need to know how to handle such issues.

You should always keep the latest Firefox release version installed and install other development versions alongside to it via a custom install, so you can fall back to the release in case of problems.

Currently the Beta versions are updated twice per week for weeks 2-5 and once a week in week 1 and 6 in the 6 week cycle.

If you want to give it a try:

Do a custom install and install the Beta version in its own program folder to use multiple Firefox versions.

Make sure not to start Firefox after the installation has finished. Create a new profile exclusively for the Firefox Beta version. Create a desktop shortcut with -P "profile" appended to the target to launch each Firefox version with its own profile.

See these mozillaZine KB articles for information:


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Do you have any experience with testing software?

It is always possible that things aren't working like they should and in such a case you need to know how to handle such issues.

You should always keep the latest Firefox release version installed and install other development versions alongside to it via a custom install, so you can fall back to the release in case of problems.

Currently the Beta versions are updated twice per week for weeks 2-5 and once a week in week 1 and 6 in the 6 week cycle.

If you want to give it a try:

Do a custom install and install the Beta version in its own program folder to use multiple Firefox versions.

Make sure not to start Firefox after the installation has finished. Create a new profile exclusively for the Firefox Beta version. Create a desktop shortcut with -P "profile" appended to the target to launch each Firefox version with its own profile.

See these mozillaZine KB articles for information: