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Mozilla Ready to Launch Firefox 3 into Browser Wars

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  1. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Jennifer LeClaire, newsfactor.com Thu Jun 12, 4:55 PM ET

    Just more than 10 years ago, Mozilla threw its open-source code into the public domain. Today, its browser -- Firefox -- is preparing to launch its third major release in hopes of continuing to eat away at Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

    Firefox already has more than 18 percent of the global market, according to Net Applications. With the release of Firefox 3, Mozilla could see a boost in downloads and market share. Microsoft's next version of Internet Explorer won't come to market until later this year.

    On June 17, Mozilla will release Firefox 3. After more than 34 months of active development and the contributions of thousands of people, Firefox 3 will be downloadable free from the Mozilla Web site. Mozilla is promising this is the best browser -- period.

    "Firefox 3 is a very nice browser. It's still going to have to go up against Internet Explorer {Windows] and Safari [Mac], which have the home court advantage on their operating systems," said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at JupiterResearch. "It shows that the browser market is anything but stagnant."

    A Focus on Security

    Firefox 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform. Building on the previous release, Gecko 1.9 has more than 15,000 updates, including some major re-architecting for improved performance, stability, rendering correctness, and code simplification and sustainability. The result, Mozilla said, is a more secure, easier to use, more personal product with a lot more under the hood to offer Web-site and Firefox add-on developers.

    Mozilla begins with a focus on security. Users can click a Web site's favicon [icon] in the location bar to see who owns the site and to check if the connection is secure. Identity verification is prominently displayed and easier to understand, Mozilla said. When a site uses Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates, the site's favicon will turn green and show the name of the company.

    Firefox 3 also has malware protection to warn users when they arrive at sites known to install viruses, spyware, trojans or the like. And a new Web Forgery Protection service blocks the content of pages suspected as Web forgeries. New SSL error pages, Mozilla said, are clearer and stricter, and Firefox automatically disables old and insecure add-on and plug-in versions.

    Add-ons that provide updates in an insecure manner will also be disabled. Firefox will inform antivirus software when downloading executables and the browser respects the Vista parental control setting for disabling file downloads.

    Easier, More Personal

    Mozilla also concentrated on making Firefox easier to use and more personalized. In terms of password management, that means an information bar replaces the old password dialog so users can save passwords after a successful login. The add-on whitelist has been removed, making it possible to install extensions from third-party sites in fewer clicks. And a new download manager aims to makes it much easier to locate downloaded files. Users can also see and search the Web site where a file came from.

    Firefox 3 allows users to add bookmarks from the location bar with a single click and associate keywords with bookmarks to sort them. Web applications, such as a favorite Webmail provider, can now be used instead of desktop applications to handle Web-site mail links. The Add-ons Manager can be used to download and install a Firefox customization from the thousands of add-ons available from Mozilla's Web site.

    Gartenberg expects the competition to dominate browsing will continue. Even now, Microsoft is working on the release of IE 8 and Apple is seeding Safari 4. "Clearly, Web browsers are still very important, as important as they were 10 years ago, but just in a different way," he said. "The bottom line is no one is actually paying for a browser any more. A browser is free. It's something you give away in order to make money elsewhere."
  2. trickblue

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  3. Yeagermeister

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    The only time I use exploder is to download updates and download firefox when I reload windows.
  4. DallasFanSince86

    DallasFanSince86 Pessimism Sucks

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    Exactly.
  5. TheKey

    TheKey Faster than Felix

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    Safari is the best one out there right now
  6. Achozen

    Achozen Sounds From The Lair

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    Firefox changed my life...:cool:
  7. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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  8. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    I like Firefox but I do find that from time to time some pages just won't work properly and I have to open up Explorer to successfully pull them up.
  9. poke

    poke the older I get the better I was

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  10. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Looks like a good deal of the themes are not compatible and other add ons as well.

    :(

    But I am sure the many of the people who made the themes and add ons will update before too long.
  11. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I have had that problem in the past, not much of that for some time now. I do believe the new version is supposed to fix some of those issues.
  12. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Everone seems to love Firefox. I can't stand it any less than IE, both of which can never just let you surf without constantly nagging you with questions, as to whether or not you're sure you want to do what you just did.

    I'm with the guy above, Safari is just right and never asks me a thing.
  13. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    You know there are options that if you don't want it asking you certain things, it will not.

    At the same time, sometimes it is good for it to ask again. If people actually paid attention to some of those questions they might find they download less trouble programs or let a system download things when they don't realize it is downloading things.
  14. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    I hate to sound like a shmuck, because I know my way well around software and hardware, but I sure as hell couldn't find them in Firefox. With IE, before Safari, I had it set up the way I wanted, basically leaving me alone to do what I want, without the questions... but I still hated it.

    I understand in some area's, usually when making an online purchase, but my last experience with Firefox was just endless, simply surfing sites like this. I kept it to test my website but beyond that, it's taking up hard drive space.
  15. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I don't know what the heck you are talking about honestly.

    I rarely have anything pop up in Firefox unless it is when I am downloading something or go to a site that requires a plug in. Other than than, firefox does not bother me like IE did with always asking about secure site status and so on.

    Not sure if you were using and older version, had some plugins on there or what it was. Now if I use the adblocker software then I will get some questions, but I can turn that off if I want.

    I have no problem if you like another browser. I can not say anything negative about Safari as I have not used it.

    I just know I like firefox and prior to that I used Opera. Both were much better than IE or Netscape IMO.
  16. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    I don't know what the heck you are talking about honestly.
    :laugh2:

    It was a year ago, so it might be a version thing (I have it my comp at home, not here at work). It questioned everything, from remembering passwords, like for this site, to auto fill forms, etc.

    I tried Opera last week and found it much better than Firefox. At least as far as staying out of the way.
  17. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Sounds like you just needed to actually go in and change a few settings. I hate autofill in as well so I turn it off.

    I don't recall ever having to answer any questions on this site as long as I do my normal setup when I get Firefox, say after I reload windows from scratch.

    Good thing about Firefox and Opera is that they are open source and their website you can find themes, add ons and other things that people have made on their own for the browser. Some are nothing but a waste of time add on, others are pretty nice.
  18. TheKey

    TheKey Faster than Felix

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    That is why Safari is better. It is just like the system it operates on, stable and simple.

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