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« on: June 08, 2007, 09:18:57 pm »

http://www.webware.com/8301-1_109-9726942-2.html?tag=cnetfd.mt

Although it's not intended for public consumption, a new build of Firefox 3 Alpha 5 (code name Gran Paradiso) is available for download from Mozilla. In this release, add-ons created for Firefox 2 may not work. For end users, Firefox 2 remains the latest public version. The final public release for Firefox 3 is not expected until the fall of 2007. See a slide show of Firefox 3 Alpha 5 here.

Intended for developers and beta testers, Firefox 3 Alpha 5 features a new rendering engine. The Gekko 1.9 rendering engine will introduce some changes. For example, Firefox 3 will no longer support Windows 95, 98, and Me, and for the Mac OS X, versions 10.2 and earlier will not longer be supported. There will also be numerous changes made to the Document Object Model (DOM) in Gekko 1.9, which will affect developers more than end users. Also, there will be changes in the way Firefox renders frames within its display and the way object tags are handled, as well as changes in event threading.

What's truly exciting about this alpha release is a feature called Places. As first seen in Firefox 2 Alpha 1, then temporarily tabled, Places returns in Firefox 3 Alpha 5--kind of. The functionality exists in this release for a new side panel that allows you to control your bookmarks, RSS subscriptions, and browser history in one convenient space. Places uses the open-source SQLite database, giving it greater extensibility and the ability to back up and restore bookmarks; however, this also means it's incompatible with earlier Firefox bookmarks.

Also new in this build are Web-based content handlers, greater search engine keyword support, a new password manager, something called Extension Manager (EM), the beginnings of an intentity network, better integration with Mac OS X look and feel, some offline applications support, and site specific preferences.

Also included is an early look at FUEL (Firefox User Extension Library), a JavaScript library designed to make it easier for extension developers by minimizing XPCOM formality and using more "modern" JavaScript ideas.

Also, there's help for cross-site scripting, when the browser makes a request for a page not found on the target server. This is a favorite technique for criminal hackers. Mozilla proposes that Firefox receive a response if the server explicitly allows other sites to access pages, otherwise the browser will throw away the response and throw an exception.
Posted on: June 08, 2007, 10:15:55 pm
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/3.0a5/releasenotes/

Changes in this Development Milestone

Gran Paradiso 1.9 Alpha 5 introduces several new features:

    * Bookmarks portion of Places has been enabled
    * New crash reporting system, Breakpad. It's enabled by default on Mac OS X, on about 50% of Windows installations, and not yet available on Linux. You can also view crash reports at this site.
    * New Javascript-based Password Manager. More details available here.
    * Support for Growl notification under Mac OS X
    * Support for native controls on Mac OS X
    * Miscellaneous 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 5. For detailed information about changes in Gecko 1.9 and Gran Paradiso, please read these pages:

    * Gecko 1.9 Changes affecting websites
    * Firefox 3 for developers
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2007, 06:28:16 am »

Hmm I'm still getting use to FF2. Sadly I'm seeing Firefox getting worse developmentally. It actually sucks up a lot of memory on my little machine. I would hope they do more to fix this issue in the next version.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2007, 03:08:40 pm »

I doubt it.  Seems like it has a large appetite to me and it's growing.  Too much on the buffet table perhaps?
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