Linked by David Adams on Wed 7th Jul 2010 19:36 UTC, submitted by fran
Mozilla & Gecko clones Firefox 4 Beta (version 1) considered to be stable and safe to use for daily web browsing, though the features and content may change before the final product release.
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RE[4]: No flash in 64-bit
by bousozoku on Fri 9th Jul 2010 00:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: No flash in 64-bit"
bousozoku
Member since:
2006-01-23

Mozilla should just drop the Mac version entirely.

I can't believe how many bugs I came across that were FF/Mac specific. You'd think the rendering engine would be consistent across platforms but...not really. I came across other bug reports from people who assumed that testing in FF/Windows meant it would work fine in FF/OSX. Mozilla really treats the OSX version as second rate.

Oh and with the same ajax project Chrome had zero cross-platform issues. Chrome was just a pleasure to work with. IE8 wasn't a big deal either.


Mozilla could just put their Mac OS X development time into Camino and be done with it since it has always been the light, quick browser that sparked the development of Firefox. I'd use Camino, but without Mozilla's push, things lose momentum.

I've been using 3.7a6pre/4.0b2pre for a while now and it's quite good but there is no hope that Mozilla will wake up and give Mac OS X a good effort.

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RE[5]: No flash in 64-bit
by nt_jerkface on Fri 9th Jul 2010 01:48 in reply to "RE[4]: No flash in 64-bit"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

I'd rather see Gecko based browsers fall out of favor.

Mozilla should just bite the bullet and switch to Webkit.

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RE[6]: No flash in 64-bit
by lemur2 on Fri 9th Jul 2010 02:26 in reply to "RE[5]: No flash in 64-bit"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I'd rather see Gecko based browsers fall out of favor. Mozilla should just bite the bullet and switch to Webkit.


Why, exactly?

Gecko is integrated into the rest of Mozilla's code. Entrenched might be a better word.

With soon-to-come hardware accelerated page rendering, Firefox claims the title of fastest gpu-accelerated upcoming browser, easily outclassing Google Chrome and Opera, and beating even IE9:

http://blog.gsmarena.com/firefox-3-7-claims-title-of-fastest-gpu-ac...

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/06/24/4-way-html5-speed-test-fire...

When the Jaegermonkey technologies for accelerating Javascript performance are integrated together and added to Firefox, it may also take the crown for fastest Javascript performance:

http://arewefastyet.com/
http://arewefastyet.com/faq.html

Firefox has always has had the best and greatest range of extensions.

Firefox 3.7a6pre (which is an alpha version of upcoming Firefox 4) scores 97% on acid3 standards tests, which is not quite up to webkit but good enough not to worry about it all that much.

Why exactly should Mozilla drop their best-of-breed browser technology and move to webkit?

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