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Firefox 3 Beta 5 is a developer preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.
Please read the release notes before choosing to install beta 5
In other words, can you use it as your primary browser yet (I need my extensions!)
Release notes say only:
Extensions installed under previous versions of Firefox may be incompatible and/or require updates to work with Firefox 3 Beta 5. Please report any issues to the maintainer of the extension.
Whether or not they'll actually work is another story, but I've had very few problems with that for the past several Firefox versions.
There's an about:config setting that turns off the compatibility check (thus eliminating the repacking procedure outlined above), but I'm not sure what it is right now.
Honestly, lately, I have enough trouble just keeping stable versions of the Mozilla apps running. I had to abandon Thunderbird about a year ago and though I give it whirl with each new release, it just never runs more than a few minutes without crashing. And this has been across three machines and three OSs (Win2K, XP and Vista). Now I find with each release FF becomes less rather than more stable, so I'll probably wait until 3.01 at least.
Sort of a bummer, because in terms of interface, I really like the Mozilla apps and, of course, would hate to have to surf the web without my essential extensions.
I've been looking at IEX-8 and it's a sad sad day for Microsoft. Especially when you stack it up to the 3.0b5 Fox.
Put IEX-8 on a Vista and you've got 56k all over again, when you compare the FF Beta running on XP-PRO.
The only trouble I had with the beta so far has been having to deal with that insidious Location Bar Auto Complete. A true pain in the arse I'll say.
No need for it when you've got "bookmarks" right? ... Right.
Other than that, I think this is the best FF browser yet.