Firefox 3 has landed

I should be in bed: I’m pretty tired and am fighting another kidney-related bug (but the good news is that the antibiotics do appear to be kicking in), but I just wanted to check in and say this:

Mozilla Firefox 3.0 is pretty fantastic.

I have to be honest, I was a little hesitant about upgrading. It’s not that I wasn’t looking forward to checking it out — I’d tried out v.3.0 beta 5, and v.3.0 RC1 after all.  It’s just that I really do rely on a number of key add-ons for my everyday browsing and Web development.

I needn’t have worried. At work 1/20 didn’t work with Firefox 3, and at home it was 2/17.  The offending add-ons were “Tails” (a microformats add-on) and “X-Ray” (which shows HTML tags in the page).  Nothing show-stopping, nothing that couldn’t be replaced with something else or dropped.

Firefox 3 is so much faster, both loading and rendering pages. The new features on the address bar are fantastic. My only niggle is that I really don’t like the default theme.  I loved the chunky look of versions 1.0.x, 1.5.x and 2.x.  So I’m using CrystalFox Modern until someone ports the old theme to version 3!

Oh, and it passes the Acid2 test and scores 71/100 on Acid3.

But hey! if that’s my only criticism of Fx3 then they must be doing something pretty darned well!

Right, now I’m off to bed!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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