Firefox 3 beta is live
Get 'em while they're hot, unstable and buggy
The Mozilla Corporation has released a beta version of Firefox 3 for download, but is warning it is not ready for "casual users" yet.
You can get the browser here. It's available in 30 languages and claims several new features and improvements.
The browser has architectural changes which should make page rendering quicker, more personalisation through one-click bookmarking, and better downloading - including a progress indicator in the status bar and anti-virus checks.
Security is also improved with support for Extended Validation SSL certificates and stricter SSL error pages. Mozilla is asking testers to send its feedback on these features particularly.
The official, full release of Firefox 3 is expected later this year.
There's more on the Mozilla blog here.
It also emerged today that Mozilla is offering live support for Firefox users via instant messenger.
As part of its ongoing battle against Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla has been running a support service since the start of the year. The service only runs for a few hours during US business hours and is staffed by a handful of volunteers. ®
Nope, never happened to me, and i've got ~1500 of them...
I have to say I wasn't impressed with beta 3 though - unstable on pages were there was no particular reason for it to be - beta 1 works great on most sites though !
FIREFOX REGULARLY LOSES MY BOOKMARKS Arrrgghh!!!
Is it just me or do other Firefox users find that they suffer a complete loss of bookmarks? Suddenly my bookmark folder is empty and I have to laboriously rebuild it from the automatic back-ups that are hidden away in the murky depths of Windows Explorer. I have noticed this happen on several occassions, the most recent being after my PC automatically restarted itself after an automatic windows Vista update had been installed. I fear I may go back to IE7 as I have never lost a 'favourite' in all the time I have been using it.
Firefox for developers
For web developers, Firefox is the only way to go... the FF developer toolbar and Firebug are invaluable additions that you simply can't get on Opera (which I agree is the best user-end browser ATM - it's fast and very well thought out for a monolithic application).
IE is useful insofar as it tells you how much to bang your head against the wall when you view your site -that works perfectly in compliant browsers - now produces a dozen JS errors with elements scattered randomly all over the screen.