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A few months later than had been planned, Mozilla released on Monday night the first beta version of an overhauled Firefox, the widely used open-source Web browser.
Firefox 3 beta 1 includes a number of significant features that Mozilla said should improve security, ease of use, rendering of Web pages, and location of previously visited Web pages. And for the new era of rich Internet applications, the browser can run Web-based applications even when the computer is disconnected from a network.
The software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux at Mozilla's download site in 20 different languages.
Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta [news.com]
Most old extensions should work, but obviously its going to vary.
I would recommend backing up your mozilla profile before doing anything drastic.
Site 5....hard drive started clicking...mouse wouldn't move...15 minutes later when I was finally able to get into the task manager...Firefox.exe...800MB ram and climbing.
I uninstalled, although a look very forward to a more stable release, the little taste I got was a good one.
kamikaze : I think thats why its called beta.
Personally I have not noticed a speed increase (except maybe when starting up), but I have a fast PC anyway. The bookmarking looks interesting (it auto bookmarks sites you visit regularly), but the new intelligent completion of the url does not work well for me.
Now its RAM usage shrinks as you close windows, so that problem has not occurred again.