So you wanna get the absolute latest version of Firefox, hey? Well, so you would go for nightly, look at the bottom and download the one with the date of yesterday.
Yes but no.
That would work for Webkit (and now that WebKit works on Windows, not even), but not for the immense Firefox.
First off, Firefox is evolving very fast. I mean it. We don’t speak
nightly there, we speak
hourly. Yes, that fast. So, not only you must look for the day, but you must also look for the hour.
But that is just the tip of the iceberg (or the iceweasel—private joke). Even for the latest day and the same platform, you’ll get several versions. Even for the same language (yes, you can get a localised pre-alpha: check latest-trunk-l10n).
So, same day, same platform, same language, same pre-version… What’s next?
Branch or trunk. Cutting edge or bleeding edge.
Take Gran Paradiso and Minefield, for instance. Both are pre-alpha 6 versions of Firefox loaded with Gecko 1.9 (I’ll spare you the difference between Gecko and Firefox—if you read so far, I guess you know it). Gran Paradiso is
branch, Minefield is
trunk. Firefox is a tree and its constant gardeners sometimes cut off some branches (effectively forking Firefox) to focus on bug-fixing. If we double the tree metaphor with a comparison with science, branches (a sort of code-freeze) are aimed at “applied coding”, i.e. releasing Firefox’s next version, while trunk is aimed at “pure coding” a.k.a. “Mad Scientist”.
So, Firefox 3 will develop out of Gran Paradiso, a branch devoted to integration, bugfixes and all these non-sexy, lamerz things ;-). Meanwhile, pure coding will continue on the trunk, codenamed Minefield, a nickname it deserves well. So, the one who wish to live dangerously can go wild with Minefield, the l33t’s toy. Cut or bleed, branch or trunk, Gran Paradiso or Minefield.
You wanted the short version? This is: latest is Minefield. Not that it would help you much, since you still have to look for a lot of different versions. Start here (I don’t know what
tinderbox builds are).
Follow the links from Firefox 3 (Gran Paradiso) is on the loose!