Review: Firefox 3 Beta Answers Some Questions, Raises Others

CRN Test Center downloaded Firefox 3 Beta 1 from Mozilla for a peek to get an idea of what users can expect when Firefox 3 is officially launched. Since this is a beta, the browser is intended for testing purposes only. While no one expects the browser to be production-ready now, if history is any guide, the likelihood of users going ahead and upgrading increases the longer the product stays in beta.

The beta was downloaded onto a Compaq desktop with AMD Athlon processor, a five-year old Dell Inspiron notebook, and a three-year-old IBM Thinkpad T42 laptop. All three machines run Windows XP. Installation was painless and took less than five minutes on all machines. Bookmarks and profiles from both Firefox and from Internet Explorer migrated seamlessly. However, the browser didn't work well on all hardware configurations.

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Man, FireFox fanboys are intolerable. How many of you actually read the article? It wasn't FUD, it wasn't inflammatory, and the author stated repeatedly that it's a beta, and we don't really know what will happen before final. Now I'll give you that the article itself was pretty much useless since, of course, there's nothing really concrete to actually review. Most of the comments it included were along the lines of "FF 3 will have feature ___, but it's not done yet." Useless? Pretty much. Accurate? Pretty much. Do FF a favor and quit acting so incensed every time a headline could possibly be construed as slightly critical of the product, regardless of the actual content.

In fact, if you find yourself feeling the urge to try to convince anyone what browser is better than any other browser without first being asked, please, just do the world a favor and keep it to yourself.

Nice how he whines about Yahoo and MSN Live not working when they're in the release notes as not working and the bugs are on Yahoo's and MS' end :rolleyes:.

RyanVM said,
Nice how he whines about Yahoo and MSN Live not working when they're in the release notes as not working and the bugs are on Yahoo's and MS' end :rolleyes:.

Just more proof of the "story's" bias

The beta was downloaded onto a Compaq desktop with AMD (NYSE:AMD) Athlon processor, a five-year old Dell (NSDQ:Dell) Inspiron notebook, and a three-year-old IBM (NYSE:IBM) Thinkpad T42 laptop.

Poor grammar aside, this line in the article started giving me that "This going to be full of FUD..." feeling right away. With no real indication on the specs of those machines (An AMD athlon machine could be older than the other two machines listed, plus there was no indication if they were top of the line models when bought or budget ones), there is absolutely no way to tell just how firefox has performed in their tests.
Although it does make a few valid points here and there, I'd take everything this article says with a grain of salt.