9 votes

Would someone ELI5 the pros and cons of the different (non-mobile) Firefox versions?

I currently have Quantum. Would there be additional benefits for me to switch to a different version?

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  1. [2]
    dblohm7 Link
    Firefox developer here. Which channel you choose should depend on your tolerance for both stability and for your willingness to help us to develop and improve the browser. The release channel is...

    Firefox developer here.

    Which channel you choose should depend on your tolerance for both stability and for your willingness to help us to develop and improve the browser.

    The release channel is the most stable, as any new features have had at least 7 weeks of testing in the other channels.

    At the other end of the spectrum, Nightly is bleeding edge, so it is the least stable and new features have not yet had much manual testing.

    Beta and Developer Edition both sit in between release and Nightly. Developer Edition is basically Beta with a few extra things in it.

    If you choose a pre-release channel, I highly encourage you to file bugs that you encounter. We can’t fix the problems that we don’t know about; unfortunately a lot of our Beta and Nightly users want all the benefits of early access to new software without any of the responsibilities. There have been numerous occurrences of bugs that reached release that were known by our beta testers but didn’t get fixed because they never told us about them!

    Finally, developers should be using Developer Edition so that they are prepared for new Firefox releases 6 weeks ahead of time.

    8 votes
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    Bauke Link
    What versions do you mean, because Quantum isn't a Firefox version? Are you talking about Stable, Beta and Nightly? Or other Firefox-based browsers like Waterfox and Pale Moon? Or 65, 66, ...?

    What versions do you mean, because Quantum isn't a Firefox version? Are you talking about Stable, Beta and Nightly? Or other Firefox-based browsers like Waterfox and Pale Moon? Or 65, 66, ...?

    9 votes
    1. [8]
      suspended Link Parent
      Yes. These.

      Are you talking about Stable, Beta and Nightly?

      Yes. These.

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        krg Link Parent
        You'll unlikely feel a difference between either. I use stable at work and nightly at home. Nightly crashes a tad more and updates every day, but other than that...pretty much the same experience.

        You'll unlikely feel a difference between either. I use stable at work and nightly at home. Nightly crashes a tad more and updates every day, but other than that...pretty much the same experience.

        8 votes
      2. [5]
        Bauke Link Parent
        Ah, in that case they're all available on this page but there's not much more to it than Stable gets updated less than Beta, Beta gets updated less than Nightly. And Nightly gets updated... every...

        Ah, in that case they're all available on this page but there's not much more to it than Stable gets updated less than Beta, Beta gets updated less than Nightly. And Nightly gets updated... every night. Unless you're looking for some very specific functionality that isn't in any of the other versions yet there is no real difference, eventually everything will land in Stable anyways.

        4 votes
        1. [4]
          suspended Link Parent
          Thank you!

          Thank you!

          2 votes
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            krg Link Parent
            You might also want to check out the Firefox Nightly Twitter account. They'll usually update when a notable feature has been released.

            You might also want to check out the Firefox Nightly Twitter account. They'll usually update when a notable feature has been released.

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          2. KapteinB Link Parent
            There's also the warm fuzzy feeling from helping out discovering bugs. And the power of being able to affect the development of Firefox by providing early feedback on experimental changes. Also...

            There's also the warm fuzzy feeling from helping out discovering bugs. And the power of being able to affect the development of Firefox by providing early feedback on experimental changes.

            Also everyone here seems to have forgotten about Developer Edition, which I believe comes with some extra tools for web developers.

            But personally I stick with Stable.

            3 votes