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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Underwhelmed.
by NathanHill on Tue 30th Jun 2009 18:53 UTC
NathanHill
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2006-10-06

Glad they are making improvements, but 3.5 still just looks sort of the same. It's hard for me to get excited about a video tag. If anything, it seems like this release was too little, too late. Chrome and Safari get 99% use by me at this point on Windows and Leopard respectively.

I'm curious if this is just going to be one of the downsides of Firefox - being "completely" open source may mean it will lag behind other available browsers in terms of features.

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RE: Underwhelmed.
by Beta on Tue 30th Jun 2009 19:53 in reply to "Underwhelmed."
Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm curious if this is just going to be one of the downsides of Firefox - being "completely" open source may mean it will lag behind other available browsers in terms of features.

What are you babbling on about, both Chrome and Safaris engines are ‘open source’ (Webkit), the backend is where the features come from.

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RE[2]: Underwhelmed.
by NathanHill on Tue 30th Jun 2009 20:17 in reply to "RE: Underwhelmed."
NathanHill Member since:
2006-10-06

I disagree.

At this point, the rendering engines are all pretty good and steadily updated, so the real features come from UI (Firefox is kind of boring), usability (Firefox is again kind of boring), and security (pretty much neck and neck, although Chrome is going for the win with the sandbox mode). Plugins may let Firefox catch up a bit, but I don't know... I feel like any time I use Firefox, I am going back in time.

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