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Download of the day: Firefox 3.1 Beta 2

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Welcome Screen

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Welcome Screen

Firefox 3.1 beta 2 has been released and available for download. Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 is available in over 50 languages as a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback. It includes:

  • Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 7 months.
  • This beta is now available in 54 languages - get your local version.
  • Added a new Private Browsing Mode.
  • Added functions to make it easy to clear recent history by time as well as remove all traces of a website.
  • New support for web worker threads.
  • The new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine is on by default for web content.
  • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • Removed the new tab-switching behavior based on feedback from users
  • Support for new web technologies such as the and elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, CSS 2.1 and 3 properties, SVG transforms and offline applications.

=> Download Firefox 3.1 beta 2

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!

How do you use Windows True Type fonts in Linux or how do you install Windows TrueType fonts in Linux? - A typical newbie question.

Fonts are very important. When you migrate from Windows XP to Linux you may miss Truetype font. TrueType is a font standard developed by Apple Computer. By 1991 Microsoft had built TrueType into the Windows 3.1 operating system. The FreeType project provides TrueType under Linux. So let us see how to backup your Windows TrueType fonts and install them in Linux.

It is quite easy to add Windows True Type fonts in Linux. First make sure you copy Windows fonts on USB pen (usually located in C:\Windows\Fonts directory) or just mount windows NTFS/FAT partition. You can copy selected or all fonts from C:\Windows\Fonts directory.

Linux Gnome desktop

=> Open your default file manger or double click Computer icon on Gnome desktop
=> Type url:
Alternatively, select Open Location? from file menu and type
=> Once window open, just drag and drop fonts into this new windows from USB pen or mounted partition. Don't forget to restart application or just logout and login again.

Novell Suse Linux

  • Novell Suse Linux has Font installer.
  • Open Font installer from System administration option located on gecko menu > Personal settings
  • Provide root password when prompted
  • Click on Add fonts button
  • Now install fonts from USB pen or mounted Windows Partition
  • Save changes
  • Don't forget to restart your desktop (just logout and login again)