Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Jun 2009 15:56 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones As was anticipated, the boys and girls at Mozilla have released the final build of Firefox 3.5 today. Firefox 3.5 - originally supposed to be 3.1 - comes with many welcome improvements, chief among which is support for HTML5 audio and video tags.
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Why Bitter?
by aacs on Wed 1st Jul 2009 07:27 UTC
aacs
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2008-12-13

Mozilla are refreshing folks! I don't really get the people bitter about the release, it's a present for you after all. A strong brand, transparent development and an excellent browser (plus it most likely runs on the system of your choosing). It was fun to watch the number of blockers going down, marketing team getting ready, QA team ripping the builds apart, etc and poof, the release is here. It is a living and very well organized phenomenon, appealing for geeks and non-geeks as well.
Mozilla is also very solid in graphic design, their webpages, logos etc. are lightyears stronger than that of the competition, and this is one crucial element of success.

3.5 is perceivably smoother at some places. Complex pages are faster as others noted. The bookmarks manager still has that sluggishness even when dealing with a small number of items. Some other performance bugs are dealt with. There are more privacy-related settings in the UI, hidden by default. Wording and other small things make this release clearer for the newbie. The last tab behaviour is alien. Tab tearing is very welcome.
(My gf prefers Opera because it doesn't reload the previous page when hitting Back. This would be nice to have.)
I hope major webpages are going to pick up Theora and friends soon, I really can't stand Flash boxes, especially on Linux.

Congratulations and a cake to the Mozilla team, looking forward to Namoroka!

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