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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Does it make a revolition? Yes!
by ciplogic on Sat 21st Jun 2008 18:45 UTC
ciplogic
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2006-12-22

I will think the basic software we have now and if it revolutionize:
- Windows XP
- Mac OS X
- Firefox 3

Windows XP brings the power of the NT kernel in the hands of desktop user. Automatically the user will have almost following advantages over Windows 98:
- stable UI, not freezing one
- faster in network traffic, high computing applications (one application that freeze taking all CPU in Windows 98 will make WinAmp to underperform)
- miss of a lot of restart scenarios (in the case of changing IP, installing programs, etc.)
- updated platform as a whole on matter of wizards, shell, internet explorer (6 at the moment), desktop theme
- rollback drivers and asks for certified drivers

Compared with Windows 98, anyway, it brings plenty of reasons to switch to XP but offers a not changed experience on matter of what it was: a double click Windows, a browser, with a DirectX and a Media Player.

OS X gives to user the same deep of changes in OS X, mainly:
- PDF based desktop
- Cocoa Objective-C framework
- Aqua user interface
- an improved desktop experience based on BSD foundation (Mach kernel)
- the dock

Did OS X makes a revolution on desktop? On matter of what it brings, excluding Aqua "theme", and the dock, OS X brings almost no revolution on desktop. (I think you get the irony)
It changed the experience of using a Mac, based on a single desktop interface (namely HIG), with better wizards and with a sluggish but polished 3D desktop (genie effect), gives instantly another feedback that users wants and expect.

Firefox 3 brings in the link you pointed out three parts:
- UI side of view: desktop integration, polishing ALL of the wizards, like Add-On page or Download page
- infrastructure side of view: tuned for performance (using PGO) as much as twice in javascript, better look (using cairo, but losing the Windows 9x and Mac OS compatibility), memory leaks (with memory cycle collector - a complete garbage collector)
- web experience point of view: - offers better support for web standards (it eventually pass Acid 2), parts of HTML5, new base for extensions, offline support
So, for me is similar with a major (revolutionary) desktop OS release.

Does you expect to not have a have different feeling on the address bar, like introducing www.osnews.com? Yes, someone cares of how you introduce that data in every deep detail, and right now you have a better way to do so. As you spell something wrong, an embedded dictionary will point you out, if you zoom a page, it will work. So, for me it changes how you use the web, much more based on the fact that Firefox has a third of web browser users that use it regularly.

Do you want a lot of changes to change how you render Yahoo Mail page? No, nothing can be done, as much as no browser can change the past web pages, as OS X or Windows XP cannot take an old application and instantly changes the MessageBox dialog (or any user feedback dialog) into a notification dialog. They have to take advantage of Firefox 3 and for sure will start web applications to start using FF3 support.

Great job Mozilla!

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