Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jun 2008 23:18 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones I've seen superlative after superlative concerning the release of Firefox 3.0, and in all honesty, it is making my stomach ache. Yes, Firefox 3.0 is a great release. It has a slicker interface (the UI on Vista looks quite pretty) and the use of native widgets in Linux is a very, very welcome addition. On top of that, it actually delivers what I was craving for the most from my favourite Windows web browser: much improved performance. But does Firefox 3.0 change the web, or alter the way we use the intertubes?
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Groundbreaking? Mebbe...
by Havin_it on Sat 21st Jun 2008 10:33 UTC
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I've liked the upgrade for the most part: I'll get to the list in a minute, but first a query:

@Thom, I haven't tried it out (don't use webmail much) but surely if you set Firefox as your default mailto: handler, then external mail calls would end up in the webapp too? Perhaps I'm wrong, but that's what I'd expect...

Now, that list:
- Yes, it's a bit faster. This is a big boon for my gf on her Celeron-700MHz system where every little counts.
- The new bookmarks implementation is nice: not as painful a "paradigm shift" (shoot me) as the hype suggested, and the scope for external access to this data while the browser is running is much improved. I've already started knocking up a webapp to display the bookmarks on my web server ;)
- The filepicker is XUL once more, no more nasty GTK picker (see below)

- Theme and extension upgrade is a bit of a minefield. No upgrade for Sage (RSS), now you need "Sage Too"? No DOM Inspector builtin, but standalone available? And at least one theme has been discontinued because of...
- The GTK integration. Yes this is a partisan argument, but there you are. I've tried, believe me I have, but I've yet to find a GTK theme that doesn't make my eyes bleed. The gtk-engines-qt solution would be great, but it's very unpolished at present and the results are usually a big mess. /rant

Revolution in browsing? Nope. But it has the feel of a solid major release, not just a cosmetic refresh timed to rob attention from IE. It'll do.

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