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FireFox 3 Download Counter

FireFox 3 Download Counter - I hope it will cross 1.6 million download mark within 24-hour time frame.

Update: It is more than 7.5 million now and Mozilla broke its own old record.

Firefox 3 Set To Release on June 17th 2008

Firefox version 3, the best web browser set to release on June 17th 2008 Mozilla has announced the date today:

After more than 34 months of active development, and with the contributions of thousands, we're proud to announce that we’re ready. It is our expectation to ship Firefox 3 this upcoming Tuesday, June 17th. Put on your party hats and get ready to download Firefox 3 — the best web browser, period.

=> Coming Tuesday, June 17th: Firefox 3

Download Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1

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 &

(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

Updated for accuracy!

Mozilla Firefox 3 beta 2 has been released and available for the download. Firefox takes security to next level. For example, If you visit a malicious site using Firefox 3, it will block the site and do it with a user interface that doesn't allow a click-through.

The new beta software includes improved protection from cross-site JSON data leaks, tighter restrictions on cookies, clearer Web site identification by clicking on the site favicon in the location bar, better malware protection, stricter SSL error pages, anti-virus integration in the download manager, and version checking for insecure plugins.

Download Firefox 3 beta 2

Firefox 3 Beta 2 is available in more than 25 languages. Visit official home page to grab Firefox 3 beta 2 software.

Firefox 3 beta 2 Screen shot - Firefox in Action!
(Fig 01: Firefox 3 beta 2 in action)

Other Firefox news

Check out giant Firefox fathead stickers on Georgia Institute of technology football stadium (via QTP):
Firefox fathead stickers on Georgia Institute of technology football stadium
(Fig 02: Firefox fathead stickers on Georgia Institute of technology football stadium. Image Credit - official Mozilla blog)

Firefox Floppy Disks

Mozilla marketing team decided to distribute Firefox using floppies (via E@zyVG)
Humor: Firefox Floppy Disks
(Fig 03: Firefox Floppy Disks. Image Credit - spreadfirefox.com)

Firefox 3

Update: Firefox final 3.0 has been released for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Grab it while it is hot!

Check out more Firefox 3.0 pictures here

If you like Firefox and cutting edge software, this is a must for you.

The development name for Mozilla Firefox 3 is Gran Paradiso (a national park in Italy). Firefox version 3.0 alpha released on December 8, 2006 (final version will be release later in May 2007)

Firefox 3 will also include several new features and some that were bumped from Firefox 2, such as the overhauled Places system for storing bookmarks and history in an SQLLite database.

Do not install this on production system. This software is useful if you are a developer or testing out software to find out bugs.

=> Download Firefox 3.0 (alpha). You can just follow these Linux installation instructions.

Firefox 3.0 picuture
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