The release of of the next major Firefox release has now been set, according to the Mozilla Developer News weblog. After more than 34 months of active development, and with the contributions of thousands, we’re proud to announce that we’re ready. It is our expectation to ship Firefox 3 this upcoming Tuesday, June 17th.
Based on the Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, Firefox 3 promises to provide improved performance, stability, rendering correctness , and code simplification and sustainability. Firefox 3 has been built on top of this new platform resulting in a more secure, easier to use, more personal product with a lot more under the hood to offer website and Firefox add-on developers. Check out the Firefox 3 ‘What’s new’ section for more information.
At Gadgetorama.com, Firefox has consistently had over 40 percent of the browser usage the last few months so I thought I’d pass on this bit of news. I’m now using the Firefox 3 Release Candidate 2 version and so far, have found it quite stable and as fast, if not faster (gut feel only), than Firefox 2. My only pet peeve is that a couple of my favourite extensions have not been updated for Firefox 3 (I’m managing though).
If you use Firefox on a Mac, a third release candidate was released today to address a Mac OS X issue.