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03/22/2008 07:32 AM ID: 69474 Permalink   

Foxy Mozillas New Release


Mozilla has announced that Firefox 3 is ready to use and will be launched in June. Improvements include the ability to run websites when offline, better security, and it uses less resources than previous versions.

Vice President of Engineering, Mike Schroepfer says "In many ways it (Firefox 3) is much more stable than anything else out there."

There are still some tweaks to be done, "tuning the visual look and feel of the program and further improving its stability," Schroepfer said.

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  Can't wait  
FF is already the best browser; it'll be interesting to see if Mozilla can top themselves.
  by: l´anglais     03/22/2008 07:41 AM     
  Firefox3 beta...  
Is already awesome.
  by: edya   03/22/2008 07:47 AM     
Yeah, I just installed it and am using it now. It feels significantly faster than 2. Have you run into any bugs?
  by: l´anglais     03/22/2008 07:55 AM     
Sometimes I can't open new windows or tabs.... and I hate the new bookmark organization method. Just my 2 cents. Overall it runs faster than any other browser i use.
  by: theironboard     03/22/2008 11:51 AM     
  still running opera  
benn running opera for years, still running it. love it too much
  by: elijah4twenty     03/22/2008 03:27 PM     
  Try K-meleon browser  
Great browser, incredibly fast, has many shortcuts and preferences that make your life easy. One of the things I love most about is that I can open and close new tabs using special movements with the mouse, no need togo to the top and click the X.
The only downside is that is only a Windows browser.

FF was good but it used too many resources for my liking, I'll have to see how weel they fixed that for FF3
  by: jhax   03/22/2008 03:52 PM     
memory usage is down =)
  by: Rodney Jason   03/22/2008 04:59 PM     
  its strange to me  
that ff3 hasn't passed beta yet, but they have ff4 alpha 0 posted on their ftp server.

heres the link for anyone that wants to try it. Theres a linux, mac and windows port at the link.
  by: phobos_anomaly     03/22/2008 05:37 PM     
Correction, alpha 1 release.
  by: phobos_anomaly     03/22/2008 05:38 PM     
Give it a shot, but I've been running Opera for several years and love it, so I doubt I'll change browsers, but I do plan to check it out.
  by: StarShadow     03/22/2008 05:43 PM     
I'm using the beta now, and I'm loving it!
  by: Jediman3     03/22/2008 07:09 PM     
Actually they are at beta 4 right now, not alpha.
  by: Jediman3     03/22/2008 07:11 PM     
I was talking about firefox 4 being in alpha already, not 3 which hasn't even made it past the beta stages yet. Four is an alpha stage at the link i provided earlier incase anyone wanted to download it and try it out.
  by: phobos_anomaly     03/22/2008 07:30 PM     
Software starts out as alpha to become beta and finally the finished product. Alpha 4 is older than Beta 2
  by: Ec5618   03/22/2008 08:06 PM     
  Who's On First?  
While this is funny in a Abbott and Costello sense...

Firefox 3 is currently Beta 4.

Firefox 4 is apparently Alpha 1.

It has been suggested Firefox 4 will be based on Mozilla 2.
  by: nicohlis     03/22/2008 08:39 PM     
No its not. Firefox 4 alpha vs Firefox 3 beta... means 4 is still newer... generally software goes from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 in their version numbers, did you get that? Or do you need it written in chalk?
  by: Kuhl   03/22/2008 08:45 PM     
I've been using FF since it was Phoenix. Beta 4 is by far the best iteration of it. The memory usage is vastly improved. Overall, it's great.

I'm giving 4alpha1 a shot. Thanks for the link, phobos.
  by: erasedgod   03/22/2008 09:14 PM     
Thank you for your kind words. I have just installed Beta 4. Apparently I misunderstood that Alpha 4 referred not to the fourth Alpha version but to the alpha version of the fourth version of Firefox. And honest misunderstanding.

But seriously, you're sweet. You sound like a loveable sort of person.
  by: Ec5618   03/22/2008 10:37 PM     
Respect is more than just a 7-letter word, please use it when posting, thank you.
  by: StarShadow     03/23/2008 12:05 AM     
Woops :)

My bad man.

I'll give v4 alpha a whirl soon :-D
  by: Jediman3     03/23/2008 02:10 AM     
  I Love Firefox.  
I'm a web designer, and it's hard for me to remember to bug-check in IE because I'm so used to FF
  by: jynxxed   03/23/2008 03:01 AM     
hooray for Mozilla !!
  by: ProTesTa     03/23/2008 03:29 AM     
  Possible bug  
I was able to access gmail on FF3 at first, now it refuses to load the page. Gmail seems to be fine, because I can access it with any other browser.

Anybody using Safari for Windows? I'm trying that one out -- seems reasonably fast and stable. Very low on the bells and whistles, though.
  by: l´anglais     03/23/2008 03:56 AM     
Why would I have to post to please you? Should I be more delightful to please someone who was obviously restating a simply fact completely wrong to prove their own superiority? No... good... don't talk to me.
  by: Kuhl   03/23/2008 06:30 AM     
Less Resources.....
  by: cgasucks   03/24/2008 08:06 PM     
Still slow on the image loading. Less memory usage overall but still a hawg compared to most. This is also without -ahem- "plugins" which should be there already. I'll keep it on the desktop just in case but in no way shape or form will FF ever be my first choice of browser. That is the good part though- to each his own.
  by: jimmyp   03/24/2008 11:39 PM     
  anyone know  
if you can still type in help:config in the address bar and tweak some of the memory settings to make it scream even faster?
  by: meshuggahfan   03/25/2008 12:40 AM     
i'm sorry, it isn't "help:config" I meant "about:config:
  by: meshuggahfan   03/25/2008 12:42 AM     
I agree, there are way too many bugs with FF when I try to run it. Certain sites don't work. Links in e-mails always get error messages (if I have it set as my default browser). I like it, but it's not my first choice.
  by: notalentassclown     03/25/2008 06:10 AM     
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