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Mozilla releases Firefox 3.0rc1 preview for testing

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Sat May 17, 2008

Firefox 3.0rc1 preview

Mozilla has released a preview release of Firefox 3 Release Candidate, the next generation Firefox browser. Designed for "testing purposes only," the company emphasizes that preview releases are published to collect feedback from Web developers and our testing community before advancing to the next stage in the release process. Firefox 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, which offers improved performance, stability, rendering correctness, and code simplification and sustainability. Version 3 offers one-click site info, malware protection, a new Web Forgery Protection page, new SSL error pages, anti-virus integration, easier password management, simplified add-on installation, a new Download Manager, resumable downloading, and a new Firefox theme for Mac OS X along with Growl for notifications.

Version 3.0 also brings improvements to the JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimizations. The developers say that compared to Firefox 2, web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office run twice as fast in Firefox 3, and the popular SunSpider test from Apple shows improvements over previous releases.

It also has improved memory allocation and usage and a new database that securely records user bookmarks, history, cookies, and preferences to prevent data loss in cases of system crashes.




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  1. randombob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Can't do it

    Seriously, I just can't use Firefox until they do something about "full screen" taking up ALL of my screen. Maybe it's because I'm not a windows drone and I prefer to actually multi-task instead of pretending to, but I like how safari opens up just enough to show the whole page, leaving view of everything else on my desktop or other windows or whatever, so I can, say, read & type without having to switch back & forth.

    Who the f*** decided that opening up and claiming the whole screen was a good idea? How retarded.

  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    re: full screen

    FF opens the size of my last quite size and when clicking on the it still does not take up all my screen.

    and what part of Full Screen of full screen don't you like?

    (._.)

  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: full screen

    I'm trying to recreate the full screen effect, and i think i see what you are saying now...

    When FF goes to full screen via a page request, you can't click the to shrink it, nor grab the edge.

    I can see where this is a problem...

    (._.)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: full screen

    Um, the whole point of "Full Screen" mode (which is apparently new to v3.0) is to, get this, TAKE UP THE WHOLE SCREEN! Some people actually want/like to actually use their whole screen at times, and lose the distractions of everything else (you know, game developers do it all the time).

    And bear in mind it isn't final, so instead of whining about it on MacNN, maybe file a bug report and see if they'll fix it.

    But looking at it for a couple of minutes, the interface just looks horrible, yet your complaint is how "full screen" works.

    BTW, playing with Safari, it does NOT work the way you describe. When I click the 'full screen' button, it just makes the screen taller, but it never thins it out. It will make it wider to remove the horizontal scroll bar. But if the window is already wider then the form, it doesn't make it thinner. So you have to make it small so Apple can then make it 'just fit".

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Hates iWeb

    Shame that the release candidate seems to do horrible things to my iWeb 08 sites :-(

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