As you can see, I\’ve added a banner to the right for Firefox Download Day 2008. The occasion? Firefox 3 is finally being released. Technically it\’s been out there for months now (I\’ve been using it since the second beta version) but this marks the completion of development.
The primary focus of the Firefox devs for 3.0 has been improving performance – a new memory manager has been put in, and many of the outstanding memory leaks from 2.0 have been fixed. In addition we now have Acid2 compliance (not a really big deal in the larger scheme of things, but an important psychological milestone) as well as a spiffy new UI (which conforms better to the OS Firefox is running on), and a new feature called the \”Awesomebar\” which really deserves the name. There\’s a nice video outlining some of the new features in Firefox 3 here (Flash required).
The Mozilla folks are trying to get as many people to download it on Tuesday as possible to set a Guiness World Record, so if you already use Firefox 2, or are looking to switch, be sure to pledge your support!