I realized only now that my Safari browser is already version 3. My friend asked me which of the two is faster in Mac OS. No matter what, I still prefer Firefox 3 (beta) over Safari v3. I just see Firefox’s lightweightness-ness when I run the browser. The look and feel for Firefox 3 is blended alright. Looks like any ordinary Mac application. Safari 3 may be an ok application but I don’t like its UI design. My friend also mentioned a problem in Firefox 3’s fonts’ anti-aliasness but I never saw any differences in my Mac OS. I noticed Firefox 3 doesn’t crash as much as its previous version does so good job with this even though it’s still in Beta. If you want to use Firefox 3 for Windows, you won’t have any problems with the UI as it looks exactly the same as the Mac version. If you’re into wanting useful little applications for use within your browser, Firefox has lots of add-ons and more than Safari. But the existing add-ons for Firefox’s previous version are not compatible with the Beta version yet though I’m pretty sure that once Firefox rolls out with its release version, its add-ons will then be compatible. My choice with the browser wars even in the Mac OS, is still Firefox. Safari Mac is a distant second while IE Mac is non-existent.

From P2PNet: Mozilla’s Firefox 3 Beta 5 developer preview release is now available for testing.

It includes more than 750 changes from the previous beta, improving stability and web compatibility, providing platform and user interface enhancements, “resulting in the fastest Firefox ever”.

Among other improvements, this latest version offers, “improvements to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimizations have resulted in continued improvements in performance,” promises Mozilla.

“Compared to Firefox 2, web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office run twice as fast in Firefox 3 Beta 5,” it says.

Memory usage: “Several new technologies work together to reduce the amount of memory used by Firefox 3 over a web browsing session. Memory cycles are broken and collected by an automated cycle collector, a new memory allocator reduces fragmentation, hundreds of leaks have been fixed, and caching strategies have been tuned.”

Reliability: “A user’s bookmarks, history, cookies, and preferences are now stored in a transactionally secure database format which will prevent data loss even if their system crashes.”

But, Mozilla warns, “Firefox 3 Beta 5 will overwrite your existing installation of Firefox on Mac OS X and Linux.” On Windows, it installs in a new folder.

“For all systems, you won’t lose any of your bookmarks or browsing history, but some of your extensions and other add-ons might not work until updates for them are made available,” adds the post.

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