Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 better than Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7

Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 better than Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7

Summary: Here's something that I didn't expect to be saying in 2007 - Firefox 3 Beta 2 better than Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7.

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Here's something that I didn't expect to be saying in 2007 - Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 better than Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7.

I've been running Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 on several system since it was released and I have to say that I'm majorly impressed.  Sure, I know there's a known issues list that's quite long, and I know that extension compatibility isn't great, but that doesn't stop me liking it.  In the two areas that counts - performance and reliability - Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 beats both Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7.  Even though I'm handling a beta, I'm getting such good reliability that I sometimes wonder whether I've reverted back to 2.0 ... but then again, I never found that all that reliable.

Extension compatibility when 3.0 is finally released could be an issue for many and cause them to hold back from upgrading (at least until their favorite extensions are updated) but for me this is an upside because a lot of Firefox related issues come down to extensions (either a dodgy one or having too many installed).  I got too enthusiastic with extensions back with Firefox 1.5 and I'm not making that mistake again.  There's a lot of cool extensions out there but they're not conducive to reliability and performance.

The way that things are going, I can see myself making a total shift to Firefox 3.0 in 2008, which would be cool because I could have a unified browsing platform across all operating systems.

Thoughts?

[UPDATE: Oh, and while we're talking about browsers, Netscape is dead.  I can't really say that I'm surprised or shocked (or that bothered for that matter) since Netscape has been irrelevant since the last millenium.]

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  • re: Firefox 3.0 Beta 2

    I decided to load the beta on my machine and what a difference indeed. It runs amazingly fast compared to my FF 2 and IE 7. Because it's not a finished product, I still have to use IE 7 most of the time, but I can't wait until it is finished.
    Badgered
    • That's how I feel ...

      ... because it's a beta I expect the worst from it for now ... can't wait for the next beta!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • RE: Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 better than Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7

    I am 64 bit Vista user and the sad thing is that Firefox runs Silverlight and IE 7, both 32 bit and 64 bit does not in 64 bit Vista. I am a high end MS developer and keep current but why is it taking so long to get 64 bit apps for Vista? From MS, I do understand that the rest of the software for Vista will be out over the next year or two but right now I can get Firefox to work with silverlight but it would be nice to have that same fix for IE 7. IE 8 will not be out for quite some time unless Gates sets a new time table for us at the CES show in January.
    progon
    • Yeah ...

      ... I noticed the same thing a few days ago ... another example of Microsoft's lack of commitment to 64-bit.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • Ever tried Mozilla for x64?

      It may not have the functionality you desire, but it works okay for me on XP x64. Looks and works a lot like the old Netscape.

      http://www.mozilla-x86-64.com/
      JCitizen
    • re: 64 bit apps and Vista

      "why is it taking so long to get 64 bit apps for Vista?"

      Because frankly there's a lot of idiots running around telling everybody we don't need more than 4 GB of RAM. They refuse to see that the trend to use more RAM continues, and that it's already being hit by high end games and professional applications.

      It's the "we only need 640kb" mentality all over again :(.
      CobraA1
  • Can we do without?

    Two thoughts come to mind here.

    1. Can any Windows user really avoid IE? Surely MS will continue to force the use of IE for things like Windows/Microsoft Update.

    2. Can we <i>really</i> avoid extensions in Firefox. There are quite a few that I find useful (such as NoScript and Adblock) and I don't know if I'd be willing to go without them.
    Chad Strunk
    • My take on your thoughts ...

      1 - I don't need to eradicate every bit of IE from the system, I just want a unified browsing platform across all OSes.

      2 - I'll still use a few extensions, I'm just not going to go nuts! I remember when I went through a Worde macro phase and had a macro for everything ... didn't help Word's performance or reliability at all, but I could control the CD player from the toolbar!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • NoScript

      NoScript works with Beta 3.2 and I find that I seldom need to switch over to IE to load a page properly.
      dealer27
    • re: Can we do without?

      "Surely MS will continue to force the use of IE for things like Windows/Microsoft Update."

      Actually, Microsoft Update in Vista is separate from IE.

      "Can we really avoid extensions in Firefox. There are quite a few that I find useful (such as NoScript and Adblock) and I don't know if I'd be willing to go without them."

      Agree - I'd miss a lot of my plugins.
      CobraA1
  • I'll wait

    until all my plug-ins are supported and they have a couple updates out. I haven't tested it yet but having done so before I pretty much know how things will go, so I will wait a bit before I move. Same thing with KDE 4.0 which is supposed to be released "...January 17-19, the KDE community will present KDE 4.0 with a Release Event at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California." [Source = [url=http://digg.com/linux_unix/Announcing_the_KDE_4_0_Release_Event_at_the_Google_headquarters]Digg[/url] ] ]:)
    Linux User 147560
    • Yeah ...

      KDE 4 is going to be interesting.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • Adrian, do you make a living on eye-candy post?

    "In the two areas that counts - performance and reliability"
    Where's research data to support this? Conclusions like this are subjective and differ from person to person. Yes, you can say "A is better than B" but please add "it's your own opinion".
    pa2004
    • Come on, reading the article, I understood it was from his testing that he

      drew the conclusions. And, he WAS researching it, this is a lot more than just an opinion.
      DonnieBoy
      • Where're the reasoing and research data?

        Without these, how did you know he was researching?
        pa2004
        • Come on, get off it. this is a BLOG, he was doing informal research, but,

          research none the less. He has spent a lot of time putting the three browsers through their paces, this is a lot more than just opinion. His views are based on his research.
          DonnieBoy
          • That's right and I seem to remember

            he posted details on the memory leak issues he was having. As long as a blogger gives sufficient details so that you can try the test for yourself, there is no harm.

            Unlike others who complain about vista without actually using it, Adrian provides useful criticisms and compliments
            otaddy
    • this is a blog

      i think most of us can tell that this is an expression of opinion
      davagain
  • RE: Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 better than Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7

    Well, since now the back button works as opposed to 3.0b1 I can definitely say it's much better. Very fast. Yahoo needs to work out their code on mail before I stick with it tho...
    qrkyboy@...
  • 3 is more than 8.

    I wait for the support of google for the version 3. I cant seem to go without google sync and gears. But yes, the exceptional performance can be seen in version 3. It indeed will be the great download of 2008.

    I live at:
    http://smugglaz.spaces.live.com/
    dope.smugglaz@...