Firefox fans can already download and start playing with the Firefox 3 beta version 1. Here are some of the features that the new version should pack:
- improved security and malware protection
- improved password and download management
- more personalization options with bookmarks and searches
- improved HTML rendering and font architecture
- performance improvements
I will probably start using Firefox 3 as soon as it comes out, but I need to second what Duncan Riley said on TechCrunch. The main issues with Firefox right now are the memory leaks and crashes, and according to him there is no evidence that this new version will solve these problems for good.
I found the memory leak issue especially harsh under Ubuntu Linux, which is my current operating system. Hopefully beta testers will report this problem.