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QOTW: is Firefox 3 the best browser to date?

by Parm Mann on 18 June 2008, 13:51

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Firefox 3 is here, but is it the fastest, smartest, most powerful Firefox yet?

Yesterday evening, Mozilla marked the launch of Firefox 3 with a dedicated download day aimed at setting a Guinness world record.

Despite all the hype, Mozilla may not have anticipated the sheer quantity of visitors to its Firefox 3 webpage when the new browser launched at 6pm on June 17th. Its servers immediately crippled under the vast amounts of traffic and users were left seeking download sources elsewhere.

Once up and running, however, Firefox 3 downloads began to soar. In the 19 hours since launch, Firefox 3 has been downloaded over six million times, averaging over five thousand downloads per minute. Figures that even Mozilla admits it hadn't anticipated. The download counter, which continues to rise rapidly, can be viewed here.

So, now that hype begins to subside and we know for certain that Firefox 3 will hold the record for the most software downloads in 24 hours, how about the browser itself?

Mozilla has promised over 34 months of active development and over 15,000 improvements, but is Firefox 3 the best browser available?

Here at HEXUS, we've been putting the browser through its paces and we've found it to be generally quicker and more responsive than Microsoft's IE7 and IE8 beta.

But what we really want to know, is what do you, our readers, think of Firefox 3? Has it convinced you to replace your previous browser, and if so, why? Has it left you underwhelmed? Are you excited or frustrated by any of the new features, or, have you opted not to try a new browser so soon after release?

Share your first impressions of Firefox 3 in our forums.

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The link to the forums in the main article links to a poll about antivirus' not to something to do with firefox 3
kasavien
The link to the forums in the main article links to a poll about antivirus' not to something to do with firefox 3
Fixed that :)

I've been using FF3 for about 2 months on my slaptop. It crashed a couple of times, then they released an updated beta and it stopped crashing.

I love the sqlite based history - especially how URL auto-complete works now. Memory usage is about 100MB. I'll comment on that further after I've profiled it under heavy use.

That aside, I'm impressed by the refinements I've made. I think somebody moving from IE to it will be impressed. Moving from FF 2 to 3 isn't so much of a ‘wow’ though.
I tried the beta of Firefox 3 and I thought it was ok but Opera 9.5 seems better in many respects.
FF3 doesn't have mouse gestures ((yet) I think there might be an addon.)
I think Opera is also a little bit more secure but thats probably just because less people use it.

(my 1st post…)
Steve
I love the sqlite based history - especially how URL auto-complete works now.

Interesting…. I hate it so much I went back to FF2. I guess its since my browsing style relies on the old functionality to navigate to pages I visit frequently (e.g. to get the forums I start by typing ‘f’).

Does anybody know how to “fix” the “awesome bar” so that it does history FF2 style?
It still has high memory usage which for me is its biggest problem.