Fennec VERSUS FF3b5

I’ve been using Firefox 3 (beta5) pre-release lately, because it’s faster than Firefox 2.

  • FF3 doesn’t seem work on China’s biggest portal. If the desktop browser can’t grok this, what chance does Firefox Mobile (think developing markets)?
  • Autocompletion with “AwesomeBar” (I think it’s called) sucks for me. How do I turn it off or make it act like it did in FF2?
  • Image zoom caught me off guard. [View -> Zoom -> Zoom Text Only] to disable. I look to a future of scalable images.
  • The bookmarks stuff seems like a disaster. I want it all removed. I prefer simple bookmarklets and del.icio.us.
  • I need to update my extension for Webconverger
  • No OGG video support :(

Generally I don’t like their “session management” (browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash false). It would be good if I could simply ‘lock’ certain tabs like Gmail, which really must be my first tab. I also want it locked so I can’t accidentally navigate away from it which I have done far too many times now.

I am most impressed by the improved “feel” or responsiveness of FF3. I really hope Mozilla can concentrate on re-factoring their code to squeeze it into their ‘fennec’ mobile browser. Update: Blassey kindley informs me Fennec and FF3 are the same rendering engine.

Mozilla’s mobile codename ‘Fennec’ is outperforming microb significantly already. That’s great though after reading a first look I am little bit disappointed to see talk of XUL. I’ve created extensions and I think XUL is crap. I much prefer working within the Web paradigms of JavaScript and CSS. Addon support is fantastic though then again, my experience of extensions/addons/whatever-they-are-now-called is that they can make Firefox slow. Which is bad bad bad.

Actually, when I think about it, an addon could be called a widget.

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Fennec and firefox 3 are the rendering engine already.
Comment by Brad
213.236.208.22

“Autocompletion with “AwesomeBar” (I think it’s called) sucks for me. How do I turn it off or make it act like it did in FF2?”

See http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=640174 for related discussion

“Image zoom caught me off guard.”

Perhaps, but it brings it in line with every other browser now.

“The bookmarks stuff seems like a disaster. I want it all removed. I prefer simple bookmarklets and del.icio.us.”

The bookmarks and history backend improvements were much needed. The original storage method for history was a hideous monstrosity known as Mork, with one developer describing it as ”...the single most braindamaged file format that I have ever seen in my nineteen year career.” [1]. The SQLite implementation that they are using now is much nicer. It doesn’t use any extra resources (or at the very least the difference is negligible), so if you don’t use bookmarks, just ignore it. Calling for it to be removed is just ignorant.

As for the UI changes, if you’re not using bookmarks you shouldn’t care, and if you are it’s much nicer.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mork_(file_format)

Comment by Tom Pike
222.166.160.164
I think IE is mostly used for Sina, I’m based in China also and noticed not alot of Mozilla support…
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