Friday, April 18, 2008
Firefox 3.0 b5
I have been sipping from the Firefox firehose for a long time. Long enough to remember that it used to be called Firebird! (bet ya didn't know that!)
Since moving to the Mac about a year ago, I have been pretty happy with the speed of Safari so have pretty much just used that. I use Camino when I encounter sites that isn't Safari friendly - my bank for example. The reason I choose Camino over Firefox is purely aesthetics. Camino renders widgets natively, whereas Firefox 2.x doesn't.
After reading a bit about the speed and memory improvements in the last FF3 beta, I decided to give it a try. Wow. They weren't kidding about the improvements. I like the new skin and it is noticeably quicker to load and render. FF3 now feels about as fast as Safari 3.x when rendering pages.
The biggest new feature about FF3 is that is now renders widgets natively. Nice.
I have been using FF3 for a week and haven't used Safari once. I think that says it all.