Not surprisingly, Firefox 3.0 is front and center on Techmeme right now. Lots of folks like Eric Shonfeld have blogged about the initial problems getting to the Download Day site. The main Firefox 3.0 download page is up and running—I just downloaded and installed the final version of Firefox from there. Initial reaction... it loads pages lightning fast. CNET has a good round-up of articles for folks that want to dig in a little deeper.
By the time I finished writing this post, the Download Day site is now up and running, but access was still sketchy. Click on this image to try to get there.
Update: Yesterday, Gina Trapani posted a solid list of tweaks for Firefox 3.0. Love the Shift+Delete tip to delete mis-typed URLs, and tweaked the my Awesome Bar to display 4 items. Very cool.
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I have been using Firefox 3 as my non-social networking browser (see my
Flock post) since Ubuntu 8.04 was released. This browser is extremely fast. The portable apps edition
is RC2 is noticeably faster than my local install of I.E. and the
portable apps edition of Firefox 2. This browser is about even with
Safari on an Apple Mac OS X (10.4.x through 10.5.x) system.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the release of Firefox 3 on the Direct2Dell blog! I've been running the RCs for a while now (and the betas before that) and they have been impressive both in terms of stability and feature set. The final release also seems to work quite well.
This does bring up a question. Does Dell offer the Firefox browser preinstalled on any of their current model computers, or as a build-to-order option? (If not, maybe that's something to consider doing!)
It is quite faster than it's predecessor that's for sure. I am also very happy with the overall polish of the final product. Let's hope it breaks the download record as planned.
It's not that gr8. For me it's still the same browser. I've gone back to FF_2 because of the annoying address bar and because it's not as fast as they promised, indeed it's even worse. Just two tabs and firefox.exe using as much as 90MB+ :O
what a shame
stuka: If you don't like the 'awesomebar' you can change it to look like the FF2 URL bar with an extension:
Oh! Looks like someone started a new idea specifically for FF3:
"Love the Shift+Delete tip to delete mis-typed URLs"
Haha! You realize that's the Macintosh shortcut? LOL. You're not on Dell's website and using an Apple product are you? ;)