Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta 2 Released
Wednesday December 19th, 2007
Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta 2 is now available for testing. The second beta of the next major Firefox version offers around 900 bug fixes over Beta 1, including several feature enhancements and fixes to improve speed, stability, security and memory usage.
Perhaps the most striking change is the redesigned Location Bar autocomplete menu, which now highlights which parts of the page title and/or URL match the entered text. The Downloads window has also been improved: amongst other tweaks, it displays the domain of the source site next to each completed download. The Places feature, which organises bookmarks and browser history, has also been enhanced, offering improved searching functionality and a new Smart Bookmarks folder on the Bookmarks Toolbar.
Linux users will appreciate the improved theme, which makes Firefox look more like a native GNOME application and makes use of GTK+ icons where available. Further changes to better integrate Firefox with the look and feel of the operating systems it runs on are planned before the final release.
Firefox 3 Beta 2 can be downloaded from the Firefox beta page. The Firefox 3 Beta 2 Release Notes have more details, including information about what's new in Firefox 3 and what's been improved in this specific milestone. The Mozilla Developer News weblog's announcement of Firefox 3 Beta 2 includes links of interest to developers. Mike "schrep" Schroepfer, the Mozilla Corporation's vice-president of engineering, has written a weblog post with links to lists of bugs fixed in Firefox 3 Beta 2.
Several websites have posted reviews of the new beta. Wired News has a screenshot-laden overview of Firefox 3 Beta 2, while Ars Technica describes Firefox 3 Beta 2 as "another very impressive release". Australian site iTWire notes the user interface changes and praises the navigation improvements in Firefox 3 Beta 2: "Unlike previous attempts at predicting where you want to go," the article says, "this latest beta really does a pretty darned good job of remembering and discerning your surfing habits." Finally, Mozilla Links has a detailed review of Firefox 3 Beta 2, including a lengthy list of changes.
download and try it.