Tadelste at LXer.com has been adjusting his Ubuntu desktop a bit and updated Ubuntu for Current Versions of OpenOffice and FireFox.
Read it here.
There you have it. I've noticed a significant increase in performance with the browser. I'm glad I upgraded to the new version. Also, I can tell a difference in the performance of my word processor. I just seems to run smoother.
I generally say if it ain't broke don't fix it. But in this case, I'd prefer Ubuntu to put these two applications in their update manager and be done with it.