Firefox 3 Beta 1 hits the web


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After 27 months of hard work, the third version of the popular open-source browser is now available online for the first phase of its beta test!

Testers can download Firefox 3 Beta 1 builds for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in over 20 different languages. Please be sure to read the full release notes before using this preview release. Developers should look at the Firefox 3 for Developers article on the Mozilla Developer Center.

Firefox 3Among the various fixes and enhancements, version 3 features an improved bookmarking and tab management system, better download functionalities, and lots of other interesting goodies. Apparently, Firefox 3 will render page faster than its previous version and will manage memory much more effectively.

Be careful if you choose to try it out because when installed, FF 3 beta 1 will overwrite your previous Firefox installation. And don’t forget that this is a Beta release, so running the new browser inside a virtual machine might be a good idea.





12 Responses to Firefox 3 Beta 1 hits the web

  1. You can install it in a different directory, and then it should be fine. There’s also the “source” from the nightly builds. It’s not really uncompiled source. It’s kind of like those Apple (and GNUStep) things with everything contained in one directory, and then you can just run the firefox executable in there. I’m not really sure if that’s how the Windows nightlies are distributed though. Still, you should be able to install in a different directory. Lack of access to C:Program Files means I put Firefox 2 in C:Firefox and Gran Paradiso in C:Gran Paradiso at work.

  2. You can install it in a different directory, and then it should be fine. There's also the "source" from the nightly builds. It's not really uncompiled source. It's kind of like those Apple (and GNUStep) things with everything contained in one directory, and then you can just run the firefox executable in there. I'm not really sure if that's how the Windows nightlies are distributed though. Still, you should be able to install in a different directory. Lack of access to C:Program Files means I put Firefox 2 in C:Firefox and Gran Paradiso in C:Gran Paradiso at work.

  3. I just moved the original firefox folder to the second partition.

    I like it so far.

    They have added the tab memory that opera has, which is a big plus.

    Bookmarking is easy now with the * symbol.

    Adblock plus and no script still work with it, which are basically the 2 important ones.

  4. I just moved the original firefox folder to the second partition.

    I like it so far.

    They have added the tab memory that opera has, which is a big plus.

    Bookmarking is easy now with the * symbol.

    Adblock plus and no script still work with it, which are basically the 2 important ones.

  5. Wow, they finally got the guts to face the M$ blood hounds and put gtk2 themed web widgets in the linux build. Bravo boys, and I hope the admins of the rest of the FLOSS proyects that have been “legally” hindered or stronghanded by M$ stand up and also give ‘em the finger by doing/implementing the stuff they “legally” prohibit.

  6. Wow, they finally got the guts to face the M$ blood hounds and put gtk2 themed web widgets in the linux build. Bravo boys, and I hope the admins of the rest of the FLOSS proyects that have been "legally" hindered or stronghanded by M$ stand up and also give 'em the finger by doing/implementing the stuff they "legally" prohibit.

  7. Wow, site’s changed a lot since I took a break from my rss feeds, heh. Glad to see things are going well, Kiltak.

    I updated to FF3b1 a day or so ago. I’m liking it a lot so far. It took a bit of work to get all my extensions working, but in the end I either managed to find a beta that worked or tweak them so that everything but ColorZilla is now functional. I’m liking it a lot

  8. Wow, site's changed a lot since I took a break from my rss feeds, heh. Glad to see things are going well, Kiltak.

    I updated to FF3b1 a day or so ago. I'm liking it a lot so far. It took a bit of work to get all my extensions working, but in the end I either managed to find a beta that worked or tweak them so that everything but ColorZilla is now functional. I'm liking it a lot

  9. I’ve downloaded it, and I like all the little short cuts that Mozilla have added in.. like the bookmarks, and the remembering password … also, the tab memory is great, but they must have taken that idea from Opera.

  10. I've downloaded it, and I like all the little short cuts that Mozilla have added in.. like the bookmarks, and the remembering password … also, the tab memory is great, but they must have taken that idea from Opera.