Firefox 3.0 (Minefield): Pretty Slick

Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will
have to ram it down their throats.
- Howard Aiken

You can download the Firefox 3.0 Beta 3 nightly builds here. Frankly, I"m pretty impressed with this so far. It seems to load faster than the previous version, and it certainly does pass the Acid 2 test with flying colors (as does Internet Explorer 8.0, which is still in closed BETA).

I predict that Firefox 3.0 will enable the Firefox browser to capture an even greater percentage of the overall browser market. I intend to install it on my Open SUSE Linux VM with MONO on it that I use for experimentation.

It's not about religion here - it's about a browser that performs well, doesn't blow up in your face on a site that serves FLV video or Silverlight, and generally doesn't cause you problems.

The Windows Installer for this is only about 6.72MB, installs in about 20 seconds, automatically imports all Internet Explorer settings and bookmarks, and provides performance that I see is comparable to or superior to IE 7.0...

And, of course, standards compliant too, hmm?

To be completely honest, I'm really getting tired of IE quitting on me because of this page or that and have wasted a considerable amount of time trying to "fix" its many little idiosyncrasies.

I like Microsoft, it has been developer-friendly and very good to me over the years. But, I am also a pragmatist. You give me a good tool, and I'll use it. My 2 cents.