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Post by Opec @ 09:35am 07/07/10 | 19 Comments
Finally out for public testing, the Firefox 4 beta offers a glimpse at the huge stack of new features and technology that will be coming in the next major release of Mozilla's flagship product.

There's a cool feature matrix that compares this new version to previous Firefox versions (unfortunately doesn't include other browsers though) showing what is new. Some of the cool new features include accelerated hardware support, support for Google's WebM video standard, a new user interface, improved crash protection with out-of-process plugins, and a stack more.

If you're a bleeding edge type, you can download the beta now locally from AusGamers.




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Opec
Posted 09:58am 07/7/10
^^^ heh thanks to which Admins that made my post so much betterer :).

FYI, I'm using it now and so far it's on par with Chrome in terms of rendering speed. Eats a fair bit of memory (what Browsers don't these days). So far so good. I'll use it as my main browser for a few days and see how I go.
Twisted
Posted 10:01am 07/7/10
Cool, I shall download this now. See if they're able to switch me back from Chrome.
neffo
Posted 11:42am 07/7/10
I still can't work out why the new Firefox versions are broken when rendering theaustralian.com.au
BoDGie
Posted 12:30pm 07/7/10
Still slow as anything
Opec
Posted 12:41pm 07/7/10
I still can't work out why the new Firefox versions are broken when rendering theaustralian.com.au


Yeah it totally screwed that site up. Bad.
Mantorok
Posted 12:50pm 07/7/10
If you want speed out of Firefox you should be using Pale Moon.
Opec
Posted 02:41pm 07/7/10
If you want speed out of Firefox you should be using Pale Moon.


Holy crap that's pretty awesome. So much faster and this build uses a lot less RAM. Thanks for the tips
FraktuRe
Posted 02:42pm 07/7/10
my firefox completely screws up theescapist.com no matter what I do.
Whoop
Posted 06:15pm 07/7/10
my firefox completely screws up theescapist.com no matter what I do.

Welcome to The Escapist, a web page devoted to the betterment of role-playing games and the education of the public and media of their benefits to society.

You're joking right? RPG's of benefit to society?
FraktuRe
Posted 06:17pm 07/7/10
Sorry, I meant http://www.escapistmagazine.com/

but I was too lazy to check the url.
d^
Posted 10:46pm 07/7/10
Link to download not working?
XaartaX
Posted 11:50pm 07/7/10
Uhh few notes about Palemoon. As far as I can see there's no source code available. It's also based on 3.6.3 so any security updates aren't available (we're on 3.6.6 now).

Also some users are experiencing pretty crap bugs:
http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/04/16/firefox-users-has-anyone-tried-pale-moon-whats-your-opinion/

"Well, I found out one unpleasant thing. When I removed it, it cleared my profile from Firefox. Just restored my “Backed Up” profile and downloaded my Xmarks bookmarks." and "THis stupid program deleted my bookmars, no backups for half a year, dammit!". Heh sucks to be him.

Also quite a few users there don't experience any speed boost at all.
Opec
Posted 09:58am 08/7/10
Uhh few notes about Palemoon. As far as I can see there's no source code available. It's also based on 3.6.3 so any security updates aren't available (we're on 3.6.6 now).Also some users are experiencing pretty crap bugs:http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/04/16/firefox-users-has-anyone-tried-pale-moon-whats-your-opinion/"Well, I found out one unpleasant thing. When I removed it, it cleared my profile from Firefox. Just restored my “Backed Up” profile and downloaded my Xmarks bookmarks." and "THis stupid program deleted my bookmars, no backups for half a year, dammit!". Heh sucks to be him.Also quite a few users there don't experience any speed boost at all.


Yeah gone back to using FF4b1 now. Speed increase with Pale Moon was great but I'd like to do my bit to to test FF with the new version :)
Mantorok
Posted 10:24am 08/7/10
So in other words, someone didn't read the disclaimer:
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are installing/uninstalling Pale Moon or Firefox side-by-side on the same computer/user account be aware that Pale Moon shares its user profile(s) with Firefox. If you uninstall either Firefox or Pale Moon in a side-by-side setup, make sure you do not check the checkbox to remove all your Pale Moon or Firefox personal information, as it will remove the shared profile (and you will lose all your bookmarks/passwords/cookies/history/etc etc in the browser that is left behind).


Also, what would be the point of a source code release, when the difference is how it was compiled?
Pinky
Posted 10:26am 08/7/10
There's a cool feature matrix that compares this new version to previous Firefox versions

Thanks for this.

Saved me the effort from downloading FF 4 Beta.
Twisted
Posted 03:02pm 09/7/10
Is it just me or does the default FF4b1 look like complete ass? The whole grey nasty theme is really s*** and when you have lots of tabs open I find the tabs at the left or right get cut off a bit horribly. Cosmetic things, but other than that I am not seeing much to make me think much about this in terms of performance.
JaYMan
Posted 04:10pm 09/7/10
Is it just me or does the default FF4b1 look like complete ass? The whole grey nasty theme is really s*** and when you have lots of tabs open I find the tabs at the left or right get cut off a bit horribly. Cosmetic things, but other than that I am not seeing much to make me think much about this in terms of performance.


For Mac or Windows? I don't get what you mean by grey nasty theme, it looks great in win7 with aero. I haven't tried the mac one yet since they still haven't implemented the visual improvements. If you do mean windowss when i first loaded up for some reason the default FF4 theme was disabled and everything looked like ass. Just enabled it and everything was looking good.

I also didn't have any problems viewing http://www.escapistmagazine.com/ Everything looks normal to me.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/ is screwed up tho.

last edited by JaYMan at 16:10:29 09/Jul/10
Nerfosaurus
Posted 04:10pm 09/7/10
Of interest is Direct2D acceleration, though not for us Windows XP users

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Platform/GFX/Direct2DDemo

This comment here wasn't promising regarding their canvas speed however

http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1713004&cid=32844616

But it could just be the javascript speed, not the rendering.
Twisted
Posted 05:03pm 09/7/10
Just using XP at work. Maybe there's an issue with my install. Just looks horrible. I'll try it at home on Windows 7 see if it looks better.
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