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/
$ /opt/firefox/firefox &
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)
- Google toolbar
- Stumble toolbar
Updated for accuracy!