Mozilla Firefox 3 .1 Beta 2 Released

Monday December 8th, 2008

Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 has been released. This milestone is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback. New features include a private browsing mode, new functions that make it easy to remove specific portions of web history, a new javascript engine enabled by default, and several other developer features.

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 can be downloaded from the Firefox beta page. The Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Release Notes have more details, including information about what's new in Firefox 3.1 and what's been improved in this specific milestone. The Mozilla Developer News weblog's announcement of Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 includes more details of interest to developers.

#1 New Tab button no longer customizable

by jabcreations

Tuesday December 9th, 2008 6:16 AM

Due to the apparent need to implement optional extensions as mainstream Firefox options at the cost of Firefox's original goal of being customizable if anyone wants to get the new tab button back they will need to support the following bug...

...which is further dependent on this bug...

#2 Tab beaviour

by gadeiros

Sunday December 28th, 2008 5:23 AM

Probably this is expected to be a feature, but for me it is a severe bug. I'm using a touchpad with extra mouse buutons. Very often when I click on a tab to show it, it gets ripped off to a newly opened window... probably due to little movements of my finger on the touchpad while clicking with another one, or even due to a mechnical bug in the touchpad itself, because it also often happens that the cursor jumps when I'm clicking. While this is annoying more than enough, the new feature in Firefox makes it a lot worse, to a point that I will switch to another browser - after many happy years of using Netscape 2.x?, 3.x, 4.x, Moz <1.0+, Ff1.0+ - if this cannot be turned off. I looked up about:config all options containing tab or window, but didin't find anything relevant.

#3 Re: Tab beaviour

by Racer

Tuesday December 30th, 2008 4:54 PM

Agreed. The implementation of tabs detaching to windows is horrible. There are bugs to have this behavior fixed before 3.1 final.

#4 Minefield vs. Gran Paradiso

by jmoore3rd

Wednesday January 21st, 2009 9:32 AM

Which of the above 2 Applications is the correct one to follow Nightly Builds on to remain on the Firefox /Bleeding Edge/?

What is the difference between these 2 Builds? I am using Gran Paradiso 3.0.7pre at present.

#5 3.0.6

by gadeiros

Wednesday February 4th, 2009 10:17 AM

In the about box of Ff 3.0.6 it says (C) 1998-2008 ... instead of 2009 ;-)