In response to the damp squid that was IE7, Mozilla has produced an alpha version for download and testing.
Version 3 of Firefox, codenamed Gran Paradiso, looks to take the lead in usability and functionality that v2 has and stretch it further.
However, the issue of bloatware has raised its head, with a number of people asking Mozilla to get back to the basics of version 1.5 rather than building on the newer version 2 to which there are a number of memory and resource issues.
I use Firefox 2 and hate IE7 with a passion due to it being incredibly slow and the fact that the extensions that are developed for Firefox are either useful or just damn cool.
However, I have memory issues with FF and periodically having to close it down and restart the process with it consuming over 250mb of memory.
Some of the key features in FF3:
- Places – an enhanced bookmarking system
- Malware Protection
- Privacy mode that means no cache content on the client side
There are also changes to increase the awareness of sites that may be Phishy
There is a great thread discussing the new changes and peoples reactions with screenshots of the new features on the Mozilla site
I also want it to be bloat free and the use of well written extensions should allow a lean core, with user addons where they want.