Gran Paradiso Alpha 6 Available for Testing
Monday July 2nd, 2007
Gran Paradiso Alpha 6 is now available for testing. New features in this development milestone of Mozilla Firefox 3 include an upgraded SQLite engine, improved cookie performance, support for site-specific text size preference and various Gecko 1.9 bug fixes
Some of the changes in Alpha versions of Gecko 1.9 affect the web and platform compatibility of Gran Paradiso Alpha 6. For more details, refer to the Gecko 1.9 Changes affecting websites document, and the Firefox 3 for developers document.
Gran Paradiso Alpha 6 is intended for Web developers and the Mozilla testing community only, with regular end users strongly advised to stick with the stable Firefox 2 for now. Alpha releases of Firefox 3 are branded using the Gran Paradiso codename in an effort to discourage regular end users from downloading them.
The Gran Paradiso Alpha 6 Release Notes have more information and download links.
As per the Firefox 3 Schedule, Firefox 3 Beta 1 is schedule for the end of July and Beta 2 is set for September. Further betas and release candidates will be made available as necessary until the final launch of Firefox 3.
I installed Alpha 6 on Windows XP and i see a change of behavior, which is very significant to me:
Ctrl-Alt-Shift in the address bar works differently.
I experience it a lot on Wikipedia.
After i visit one article, the URL is stored in history, and then if i just enter `en.' in the address, it is auto-completed. Then i can delete the 'Article name' part and enter the article that i am looking for. To make things faster i use Ctrl-Shift-Left.
In IE and in all versions of Firefox, including 3.0 alpha 5 (as far as i recall) Ctrl-Shift-Left would select up to the A of Article name; but in Alpha 6 it selects up to the / before the A. So if i use the key combination to which i am used to, what i get is:
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wikiAnother> article name
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Another> article name
Is this a known "feature"?