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Firefox 3 Beta 1 Released


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#1 JacksonT

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 07:39 PM

Today Mozilla released the first beta of firefox 3. I use at as I type this and so far I'm impressed with a star next to the address bar and go button allows you to add whatever site you are currently visiting and the sites favicon can now be dragged and dropped to create a link on the bookmarks toolbar. The bookmarks toolbar also has a new resident in the form of a drop down menu called "places" which allows you to view the last 10: Recently stared (bookmarked)web pages, recently visited pages, most visited starred pages, recently used tags, most used tags, most visited tags, RSS feeds now contain a link to the site of which you subscribe to. The bookmarks organizer has been given a few changes all the options are in 3 simple drop down menus: organize, views, and the new addition import and export. As to be expected I have had a few issues out of all the addons I have only 2 that are compatible Ad Block Plus and the NASA night launch theme but these are just the addons I have installed and thats not much. On the subject of extensions there is a new addition to the addon window and thats plugins which is a list of the plugins you have installed in firefox and has the option to search or updates. Now for the question everyone wants answered yes the memory leak issues have been fixed I've had FF open for about 1 hour and the memory usage is holding within the 60,000+KB range is currently at 63, 800KB and when minimized lumped down and held at 43,000+ plus range and is running smoothly on my weak computer. Now let me remind you this is by no means a official review but the findings of one end user and overall highly recommends downloading it if you're interested but remember to BACKUP YOU'RE PROFILE if you download it or not.

The windows version installation file can be found here: Edit: Link removed to reduce the impact on Mozilla developers.(See link below for more information) ~ Animal

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 08:01 PM

Digg triggers false start on Firefox 3

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1. The release candidate builds have not been thoroughly tested by our QA group,
2. we haven’t completed all the steps required for a beta release (see below), and
3. these builds aren’t being mirrored properly on our servers.


The quote taken from Mozilla Developer Center DevNews Please read the preceding link for more information.

Please note that this program is a pre-release beta version of a product and not completely tested to ensure its stability or reliability.

What is beta software?

After an initial round of in-house testing, software publishers often release new programs to be tested by the public. These pre-release versions are called beta software, usually denoted by a "b" in the version number, e.g., Netscape Navigator 2.0b5. Since the publisher couldn't possibly test the software under all possible conditions, it is reasonable to expect that wider use of the software may uncover problems that were not discovered during in-house testing. The publisher expects to be notified when users find such problems so that the program can be fixed before its official release.

In general, you should expect to run into bugs whenever using any piece of beta software. These bugs may range in severity from minor features that don't work to problems that cause your computer to crash. You should decide whether the benefit of new features in a beta program outweighs the risk of program instability before choosing to use a piece of beta software. You should also be aware that UITS will not have thoroughly tested beta software, nor will the software be guaranteed by its maker, so you should not expect the same level of support as you would receive for an official release version of the program.

The goal of a beta program is to collect information regarding the performance, quality, stability, and functionality of new products in order to iron out the bugs before they are released to the general public. If you choose to use a beta program, you use it at your own risk.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 01:10 AM

Micro$oft sells beta versions of its software. After they've fixed enough of the bugs that their "customers" have discovered, they'll release a Service Pack or two. :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 01:31 AM

Firefox 3 is in the the repos for Ubuntu 7.10 and most likely Fedora 8 (dont know havent looked at F8 repos yet) this is due to the fact that the schedualed release date falls in the life cycle of these releases (before the next version is released). Havent installed it yet but am tempted to try it (in ubuntu it will install beside Firefox 2 so as to leave the default Web browser intact in case Firefox 3 crashes and burns).


Edit: Ubuntu Repos contain 3.0.0a8 or Alpha 8 release, fairly solid, no plugins, few extensions work. But its beta what can i expect.

Edited by BlackSpyder, 10 November 2007 - 01:39 AM.

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 06:37 PM

If anyone uses the BETA I'd love some feedback, I'm sure others do to.

Honestly FF2 BETA wasn't very stable :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 02:29 PM

I never had any problems with the FF2 Beta, so I think I'll try this one out.

Honestly, I did not know they had released FF3 Beta, thanks for posting it.




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