Firefox 3.5 Released Today

Here is some great news to wrap up your June: Firefox 3.5 was released today.

This new version of the popular browser from the Mozilla team includes a host of slick features, including a smart location bar that finds sites by keyword rather than just URL, easy bookmarking with tags, platform native look-and-feel, support for color profiles in images, private browsing (and other security enhancements), location-aware browsing, downloadable fonts, and even better support for Web standards.

But for me the most exciting improvement is the performance enhancements. Firefox 3.5 uses less memory, renders pages faster, and takes advantage of the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine to provide a massive speed boost to Web 2.0 sites.

With IE 8 and Safari 4, we have now been blessed with three major new browser releases in 2009. That’s three reasons to stop using IE 6.

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One disadvantage of being an early adopter: if you rely on Firefox add-ons, as I do, you’ll find that a majority of them don’t work with the 3.5 release (for now). Within a few days, however, I’m sure we’ll see updates for most add-ons and all will be well again.

Dean Froslie Posted on: Jul 01, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Found this related blog discussing the issues surrounding FireFox 3.5’s start up time and some of its background operations.  While I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a fiasco like this person does, it does raise some valid concerns.

http://weblogs.asp.net/fbouma/archive/2009/07/09/the-firefox-3-5-fiasco.aspx

Paul Bourdeaux Posted on: Jul 10, 2009 at 10:26 AM

You may also want to check out this security issue and fix:  http://blog.mozilla.com/security/2009/07/14/critical-javascript-vulnerability-in-firefox-35/

Justin B. Posted on: Jul 15, 2009 at 10:26 AM

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