firefox russia Next FireFox beta releasedUnfortunately, the CPU of my MSI Wind U100 is not as fast as the one found in desktop systems…which has made keeping multiple tabs open in FireFox a major chore due to the browser’s weak JavaScript engine. However, this has changed significantly in the latest publicly-released betas: this post is written with beta 2 of FireFox 3.1, which works flawlessly and is very very fast.

The boys have just released yet another beta, which is said to improve the following:

Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 9 months. Firefox 3.1 is an incremental release on the previous version with significant changes to improve web compatibility, performance, and ease of use:

* This beta is now available in 64 languages – get your local version.
* Improved the new Private Browsing Mode.
* Improvements to web worker thread support.
* Improved performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
* New native JSON support.
* Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
* Support for new web technologies such as the video and audio elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, CSS 2.1 and 3 properties, SVG transforms and offline applications.

Further information can be had here:
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.1b3/releasenotes/

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One Response to “Next FireFox beta released”

  1. For those who are interested: Opera has released a new version of his browser as well which beats the pants off Firefox (eg speed, security, lightweight etc).
    http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/blog/2009/03/10/new-peregrine-build

    In addition they are working on an implementation of the OperaMini compression technology into the desktop browser – called Opera Turbo – which should increase the browsing performance significantly in slow networks (< 100 Kbps):
    http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/blog/2009/03/13/opera-turbo-labs-release
    http://labs.opera.com/news/2009/03/13/
    Though it is an alpha it is extremely stable.
    Imho worth a try (or even to switch completely :-D ).

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