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13 February 2008, 17:06

Beta 3 of Firefox 3 released

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The third beta version of the Firefox web browser has been released for download from Mozilla's website. The release notes state that some 1300 changes were made to the second beta version. As a result, stability and performance were improved, less memory is consumed, and improvements were also made to the platform and user interface. Malware protection was added to increase security; it warns users of websites that attempt to install spyware, trojans, and other malicious software.

The revised download manager also makes it easier to find downloaded files locally. It's also designed to make a the website a file was downloaded from clearer. Current downloads are now displayed in the status bar. The developers also tweaked the integration of Firefox in Max OS X and Linux. Mac users can now take advantage of the spell checker in forms and use widgets. The Growl add-on displays a message when a download has been completed. Both Mac and Linux users now also have a theme they can integrate in their operating system's conventional interface.

The developers say that basic changes to the architecture, such as the switch to the Cairo graphics library, provide the basis for faster website display. 90 changes were made here alone in the current Beta 3 to provide more speed. Firefox users will also primarily be interested in hearing that 350 memory leaks have also been stopped up. The developers promise to continue working on a remedy and a reduction of fragmentation.


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