Mozilla Releases: Firefox 3.6 Beta 3
Article by George Norman
On 20 Nov 2009
The development process of the Firefox 3.6 browser is moving along rapidly. The first Beta version was released at the start of the month; Beta 2 was released about two weeks after Beta 1. About a week has passed since the release of Firefox 3.6 Beta 2 that the Mozilla Foundation has a treat for us: Firefox 3.6 Beta 3.

“The Mozilla community released Firefox 3.6 Beta 3, and issued an update for all Firefox 3.6 beta users,” announced Firefox Director, Mike Beltzner. “This update contains over 80 fixes from the last Firefox 3.6 beta, containing many improvements for web developers, add-on developers, and users. The Mozilla community appreciates your feedback and assistance in testing this preview of the next version of Firefox. Your beta software will update itself periodically, and eventually will be updated to the final release itself.”


Here are the new bits you can expect to get from Firefox 3.6 Beta 3
- The manner in which 3rd party software integrates with the Firefox has been changed in order to enhance the browser’s stability.
- Added the ability run scripts asynchronously and thus speed up page load times.
- New API to give add-ons access to Firefox’s geolocation features
- The Firefox components directory is locked down.

You can expect to get these other bits and pieces from Firefox 3.6 Beta 3 (but we’ve known about them since the release of Beta 1 and 2)
- A mechanism that prevents Firefox from crashing when dealing with incompatible software.
- Built-in support for Firefox Personas.
- The user will be alerted when a plugin needs to be updated.
- Full screen and poster frames support for open, native video.
- WOFF font format support.
- The performance of the JavaScript engine has been enhanced.
- New CSS, DOM and HTML5 web technologies support.

If you would like to get Firefox 3.6 Beta 3, a download location is available here.

Warning: do not download Firefox 3.6 Beta 3 unless you are ready to contend with a software application that is unstable and will “eat your data and burn your house down” as Mozilla Evangelist Christopher Blizzard once said. This software is for testers and enthusiasts only.

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