Mozilla Tweaks Firefox 3.0 Feature Set

The feature set for Firefox 3.0 is constantly being tweaked by the Mozilla Corporation. The major update to the second most popular web browser is due in the second half of 2007. The Firefox 3 Wiki has been updated to divide planned changes and additions into two categories. "Functional" refers to changes such as 'support for Microsoft Cardspace' or 'improve search, retrieval, and startup performance' while "not functional" refers to updates such as "improve usability of Add-On Manager" or "simpler print preview dialog."

Features that are currently mandatory to the upgrade include an overhaul of the bookmark system and new identity management tools. Mozilla earlier claimed that major enhancements would be available on a yearly basis. According to the Firefox 3.0 release plan, however, incremental updates are a possibility (meaning a Firefox 2.5). If you haven't already, you can test drive Firefox 3.0 Alpha 1, dubbed "Grand Paradiso".

Link: Firefox 3.0 Wiki | Gran Paradiso Alpha 1
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Did any of you actually READ the document?
There are not many features listed there that should use more memory. And unlike someone seems to think, you can actually have a group working on memory performance at the same time as another group is working on extensions API. Narrower focus does not always yield better results.

RangerLG said,
You shouldn't need to buy RAM for a web browser.

But you should be able to replace your mailclient with gMail, your text editor with Writley and so on?! Welcome to Web 2.0 and beyond...

me personally i think firefox is already "good enough" , i would rather have them be more conserned with tweaking "performance" of firefox and making it more "secure" then keep adding pretty much useless features.

bottom line... i hope that firefox never becomes bloated ... cause if it does im saying screw it.... it should be good though but u never know.

I totally agree. If the Mozilla team wants extra functionality for Firefox, they should develop their own extensions. The Firefox core program should have no more features than it does now, and every update should serve to improve performance and security.

Performance is one of the goals of 3.0 too.

Hitchhiker427 said,
I totally agree. If the Mozilla team wants extra functionality for Firefox, they should develop their own extensions. The Firefox core program should have no more features than it does now, and every update should serve to improve performance and security.

No more features? What if the competition adds features?

You know, Microsoft took some time off to just improve IE performance and security too if memory serves...

Danrarbc641 said,
Performance is one of the goals of 3.0 too.


No more features? What if the competition adds features?

You know, Microsoft took some time off to just improve IE performance and security too if memory serves...


I am less interested in the core features and more interested in improving the memory usage and stability. As said before, features can be added as optional extensions.

That's what puts me off of FF. For me, it takes around 10+ seconds to load and renders pages slowly. Not too mention the memory leak it has.

Stability, performance and security is what they should be concentrating on. Other features can be added through extension by the team or other authors.

MrCobra said,
That's what puts me off of FF. For me, it takes around 10+ seconds to load and renders pages slowly. Not too mention the memory leak it has.

There is a lot you can do to tweak Firefox. FF loads pages much faster than IE on my machine. The guys in my department only keep IE around for debugging (that and it's embedded in the #@%$! OS) and we're a MS gold certified partner.

MrCobra said,
That's what puts me off of FF. For me, it takes around 10+ seconds to load and renders pages slowly. Not too mention the memory leak it has.

I am not sure if this will be clear enough or not but, FIREFOX DOES NOT HAVE A MEMORY LEAK!

It caches pages to make back and forward browsing faster, so the longer you browse without closing your browser, the more memory it will begin to use up, however if you leave it on a static page, the memory usage does not increase.