Download Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1

by on May 17, 2008 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED May 18, 2008

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Firefox 3 release candidate 1 (RC1) is available for download from official project web site. Firefox 3 is based upon Gecko 1.9 engine, which has more than 14,000 updates including some major re-architecting to provide improved performance, stability, rendering correctness, and code simplification and sustainability. Firefox 3 has been built on top of this new platform resulting in a more secure, easier to use, more personal product with a lot more under the hood to offer website and Firefox add-on developers.

Quick Firefox 3 RC1 Installation

Type the following command at a shell prompt:
$ cd /tmp && wget 'http://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-3.0rc1&os=linux&lang=en-US'
$ tar -jxvf firefox-3.0rc1.tar.bz2

Backup existing settings:
$ mkdir ~/backup
$ cp -avr ~/.mozilla/ ~/backup/

Now install new firefox at /opt:
$ sudo tar -jxvf firefox-3.0rc1.tar.bz2 -C /opt/
Start Firefox:
$ /opt/firefox/firefox &

firefox-3-screen-shot
(Fig.01: Firefox 3 in action [click to enlarge image])

Download FireFox 3 RC1 for Windows / Linux / OS X

A word about addons

Following addons are not compatible with FF3:

  • Firebug (beta version should work with FF3, see comments below)
  • Yslow
  • Google toolbar
  • Stumble toolbar

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1 housetier May 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Firebug 1.1beta does work in FF3 at least up until FF3.0b5

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2 Braden May 17, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Yeah, Firebug beta works great–as does FF3B5 in general. I hope no one just sees this article and says, “Eh, I guess I’ll wait, then.”

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