Saturday, March 8, 2008

Download Firefox 4 & Give Feedback

While everyone has got into the race for ACID3, the guys from Firefox team have released Firefox 4 (aka MineField) in pre-Alpha stage of development. If you want to have a look at the future of Firefox, then download the pre-alpha from here and give your valuable feedback to the Mozilla Dev Team.

Although the site warns you:

Warning: This is NOT A FINAL OR PRE-RELEASE VERSION. This program is provided without any guarantees of stability, so please use it at your own risk. It is recommended that you back up your profile regularly, as there may be bugs that corrupt your data. If that sounds scary, you'd probably be better off with the latest version of Firefox

Trunk builds change every hour of every day. Some of the major changes in these builds that require feedback are:

  • Changes to the graphics layer
  • New data storage layer for bookmarks and history (using SQLite)
  • Extended search plugin format
  • Updates to the extension system to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions
  • Support for SVG text using svg:textPath
  • To get a list of the most recent additions, check out the Burning Edge weblog.

I like the new Bookmark system that MineField brings. It is more easier to manage when you have a lot of bookmarks. The address bar also has a new feature where it shows a lot of links automatically from the current page. This feature does help you when you can't remember that webpage you recently visited.

With Firefox 3, still not released as a final build, it seems odd that Minefield build has been released. I guess the developers want to start making Firefox 4 complaint with ACID3 and want everyone to look at it. It does score 67% on the ACID3...


stelt said...

SVG is great, as seen on the SVG link resource

Firefox 4 is however too hot for me at the moment, i'll stick to Opera 9.xx and Firefox3 (betaX)

Saptarshi Purkayastha said...

SVG is really good and I think it should be available natively on all the browsers... Opera does a pretty good job and hopefully we'll see full support in Firefox soon!!

Anonymous said...

thats actually version3 rightt

Anonymous said...

super GAY!

Anonymous said...

Firefox 3.1b1pre (Sep. 1 2008)

Anonymous said...

Firefox 3.1 Planning Center


List of builds/stuff

(might be old)

Greg said...

Can someone direct me to the exact Firefox 4.xx pre A release? Any time I click on the related links that say it will give the link to 4.xx, only seem to list 3.xx


Naruto said...

you guys realize Minefield is the Pre Alpha 1 of Firefox 3.7, not Firefox 4, right? ^_^;