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
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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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RE: Why Bitter?
by timdp on Wed 1st Jul 2009 09:58 in reply to "Why Bitter?"
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(My gf prefers Opera because it doesn't reload the previous page when hitting Back. This would be nice to have.)

Firefox behaves the same way, I think. A proper web site will provide the validity period of a response via the Expires HTTP header. Firefox won't reload the page upon pressing Back unless it's expired. Firefox 2 (iirc) introduced the "Back-Forward Cache", which speeds this process up significantly.

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RE: Why Bitter?
by lemur2 on Wed 1st Jul 2009 10:04 in reply to "Why Bitter?"
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I don't really get the people bitter about the release, it's a present for you after all.

It really does make you wonder why anyone would complain, doesn't it?

So, what is it REALLY like, as seen by technical reviewers who don't have a barrow to push?

Mozilla aims to "upgrade the Web" by improving the Firefox user experience and expanding the range of tools that are available to Web developers. The company boasts that Firefox 3.5 includes over 5,000 enhancements that span nearly every aspect of the browser's functionality and behavior. Among the most compelling advancements in this release is support for the HTML 5 video element, which enables native video playback in the browser without requiring proprietary plugins such as Flash.

Surely, in anybody's book, 5,000 enhancements can't be wrong?

Surely it is a good thing to have technology that can deliver rich web content to users on ANY platform?

The Firefox 3.5 release builds on the browser's existing strengths to offer a high-quality user experience with a lot of rich new functionality. The addition of HTML 5 video, the faster JavaScript engine, and the new developer-oriented rendering features will boost innovation on the Web and help free users and developers from proprietary-plugin prison. The new privacy, session management, and user interface features will help Firefox stay competitive as its challengers gain greater momentum. In general, this is a great time for the Web. The browser market is becoming increasingly vibrant and enjoying real competition and progress as the growing demand for more powerful Web applications drives the adoption of emerging standards.

Firefox 3.5 is a good (nay, great) thing for (almost) everybody.

Edited 2009-07-01 10:08 UTC

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