First Firefox 3 Beta ready for download

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28 Responses to “First Firefox 3 Beta ready for download”

  1. Zan says:

    So the biggest feature is something that Opera has had for at least 5 years?

  2. CitrusFreak12 says:

    Bloody hell, I just uploaded to Firefox 2.0 not more than a week ago!

  3. Advice_Network says:

    Is the new FF going to be less of a memory hog? Mine got up to 77% of CPU while it was opening this window.

  4. merlia says:

    Thanks for your link, i will surely give-up a try for my mac by downloading this beta version, which will helpful i guess…

  5. TheFirstMan says:

    AdBlock is supported. So is NoScript. I’m running FF3b1 now. Everything’s running noticeably faster. I haven’t tried to blow the memory fragmentation issue up yet, but I find that this installation is a pleasure to use so far. Pages render much faster.

    Of course, the page zoom isn’t the biggest feature here. It’s primarily the back-end stuff that’s getting an overhaul. Gecko 1.9 (which incorporates Cairo) and bookmarks can be tagged due to the new SQL bookmark backend (this is nice). Something like 300 memory complaints and bugs have been fixed.

    The new backend will allow a better feeling of OS-integration, supposedly. FF on OSX will use cocoa widgets, toning down the ugly on a mac.

    And how long did FF take at %77? Mine usually jumps up to %80-odd upon launching for…oh…about half a second. I’d hate it if one’s goal in life was to leave processing power unused. But then again, I run Folding@home.

  6. TheFirstMan says:

    Also: FF3 will never run on OSX 10.3. It requires OSX 10.4 at the minimum.

  7. devoinregress says:

    Nice and slick. Slightly better page rendering. It will take a bit more to get me away from WebKit/Safari

  8. TheFirstMan says:

    By the way…is there something up with the log in dealy? I’m having trouble logging in on my non-cookied session as well.

  9. Ryan Waddell says:

    As long as FFox 3 doesn’t end up using 400mb of memory after leaving it open for a few days, I’ll be happy.

  10. oliver dyas says:

    The Image Zoom extension lets you scale images with Ctrl-, or . or / , or a context menu.

    Ctrl– or + zoom text and forms.

  11. noen says:

    “I’ll third the AdBlock Plus recommendation. Awesome add-on.”

    Why not just edit your hosts file?
    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

    It has the advantage that if you do get infected it blocks malware from dialing out.

  12. Cory Doctorow says:

    AR, is that a genuine comment, or just a way to put your URL on our message boards?

  13. Anonymous says:

    …particularly the zoom-whole-page feature that lets you resize all the elements on a page, up or down, including images and form elements.

    Hasn’t Opera had that feature for years?

  14. js7a says:

    I love it, but I probably won’t upgrade until some reasonable subset of what I consider to be these essential extensions are supported:

    Adblock Plus
    CustomizeGoogle
    gTranslate
    IE Tab

    For what it’s worth, I usually also install:

    CookieCuller
    Fasterfox
    User Agent Switcher

  15. Andrew Denny says:

    The ‘zoom whole page’ feature is already part of Internet Explorer 7. In fact several elements of IE7 surpass Safari and Firefox 2, including support for higher screen dpi.

    I’ve got a WUXGA laptop (1900×1200, HD resolution, 150dpi) and only IE7 works properly on it.

  16. musicman says:

    what, no filterset.g for your adblocking goodness?

  17. Anonymous says:

    @ #3

    It’s also been part of Opera for a loooong time. I think there’s also some extensions for Firefox that try to do the same thing.

    Still, good to see it finally getting into Firefox proper. Now if they added all the other nice things from Opera…

  18. Anonymous says:

    Opera has whole page zoom (conveniently placed on ⌘+Numpad+ and ⌘+Numpad-) for ages.

    BTW, I tried logging in to send the comment, but I keep getting this error:

    Can't call method "datasource" on an undefined value at /var/www/boing-cgi/mt/plugins/CustomFields/lib/CustomFields/Template/ContextHandlers.pm line 91.
  19. agentorange says:

    did someone say fast? On my mac is it even slower and MORE sluggish scrolling the bb frontpage than even FF2…which is a dog compared to safari.

    It is incomprehensible that a browser can suck up so much memory AND be so sluggish at the same time.

    I will pass, thank you very much.

  20. Anonymous says:

    mongoose?

  21. Anonymous says:

    I hate to start this discussion, but..

    I think Opera added the zoom whole page feature in their version 7.

    That is, five years ago.

    </your favorite browser sucks>

    By the way, the login page is down at the moment

  22. Jonn says:

    @Andrew Denny
    I agree the page zoom is nothing to get excited about since IE7 came out. However I still prefer to use FF if at all possible because imo it surpasses IE7 on a lot more counts than IE7 surpasses it.

  23. Brian Damage says:

    @musicman
    filterset.g is woefully outdated. AdBlock Plus is the way to go these days. Just subscribe or one or two lists and you’re all set.

  24. Giovanni says:

    Screen zoom is kind of cool I guess, OS X has supported full screen zoom for your entire desktop for years now.

    IE7 users 1 upped! :p

  25. Burz says:

    The way FF3′s address bar was described to me, it seemed like they were creating a bigger problem than they were trying to solve. Computer novices should not be subjected to URL-mangling browsers that supposedly insulate them from ‘nasty details’. The original intent was to emphasize the domain name, but became perverted into something different that censors bits of the URL, chopping it up into nonsense.

  26. Laurie Mann says:

    I downloaded it and didn’t see any real differences.

    However, the text in this comment box is now illegible. Hmm…

  27. dculberson says:

    I’ll third the AdBlock Plus recommendation. Awesome add-on.

  28. Burz says:

    OK, you can’t run it on OSX 10.3 so I won’t be looking at this thing today.

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