Firefox 4 Beta 9 Out

‘Mozilla have officially released Firefox 4 Beta 9 and it’s a big improvement over previous betas and a parsec beyond the Firefox 3.6.x experience. At this stage, after months of development, Mozilla developers are clearly nearing the end of this development marathon.’ After Firefox beta 9, a beta 10 and a single RC are scheduled (this road map can change, of course). The main features of Firefox beta 9 are IndexedDB and tabs on titlebar (just like Chrome and Opera). IndexedDB allows sites to store data on your computer (with your prior authorization). Tabs on titlebar is self-explanatory. Old-schoolers can always turn on the ‘show menu bar’ to get their familiar GUI back. Oh, and Fx beta 9 is fast and starts fast. Firefox beta 9 available here and in lots of official mirrors.”

Personally I hope this new Firefox reincarnation is a huge improvement on 3.6, lets be honest it couldn’t get much worse. I have been using Firefox for years, and I am a Firefox fan, but the past few months I have found myself using Chrome and Safari more and more often due to Firefox’s poor reliability with it’s constant crashing and the general speed of it is awful compared to it’s competitors. As a web designer these things have been really ticking me off recently. Goodluck Mozzilla, I think you will need it. /rant



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  • When will people realize there’s a much much much better browser out there… :/

    *pedantic sigh* πŸ˜‰

  • Haha Dan! Any excuse to get a link back to Opera huh πŸ™‚
    I must try and use it more seen as you speak so highly of it.

    Chrome is deffinately edging it for me at the minute though, just a shame some scripts don’t work as nicely on it though, as (I believe) Firefox is more popular with mainstream coders and tutorial sites.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • The huge userbase of FF is just selfsustainable… it was taken on by early adapters in the open source groups, which often help develop some stuff, which made FF more extensible and userfriendly, which draws more users and developers…. see the circle? πŸ˜‰

    I prefer Opera for a simple reason: you can change the browser’s Look and Feel to about anything you want, which increases usability by a ton when screen-real-estate is an issue and it offers all functionality Chrome and FF have Γ‘nd it is the browser that adheres to every latest standard the first. Oh, and it can emulate about every other browser out there πŸ™‚ So for me it offers everything I want: the best of all other browsers haha