The second Firefox 3 Release Candidate is now available for download or automatic update. This is a preview release of Mozilla’s next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.
Download Firefox 3 RC1 now available, in more than 45 languages.
Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition is available packaged with Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta 1, allowing you to test all the latest features in the upcoming version without disrupting your current Firefox installation. Please note that Firefox 3 Beta 1 is a developer preview release of Mozilla’s next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only. If you’re looking for the stable version, please head to the Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition homepage.
Among Firefox 3 pending improvements it a cool tab preview feature that shows actual thumbnails of the currently opened tabs. The feature is currently available as an experimental extension developed by Dao Gottwald, but could make its way to Firefox 3 final code.
First, the List all tabs button in the tab bar is replaced with a button that opens a black window with thumbnails and the active tab highlighted in a slightly bigger size. Tabs can be located by inspection or you can enter a few letters from the tab title you want and thumbnails are quickly filtered out.
Personal computing is currently in a state of transition. While traditionally users have interacted mostly with desktop applications, more and more of them are using web applications. But the latter often fit awkwardly into the document-centric interface of web browsers. And they are surrounded with controls-like back and forward buttons and a location bar-that have nothing to do with interacting with the application itself.
Mozilla Labs is launching a series of experiments to bridge the divide in the user experience between web applications and desktop apps and to explore new usability models as the line between traditional desktop and new web applications continues to blur.
Unlike Adobe AIR and Microsoft Silverlight, we’re not building a proprietary platform to replace the web. We think the web is a powerful and open platform for this sort of innovation, so our goal is to identify and facilitate the development of enhancements that bring the advantages of desktop apps to the web platform.
After successfully changing the game in desktop web browsing, Mozilla now has its sights set on the mobile market with a version of Firefox to appear for mobile phones as early as 2008.
Mozilla is taking mobile browsing seriously, and has already hired at least two high profile mobile developers for the project. Former Openwave browser chief Christian Sejersen has joined Mozilla to head up engineering and development of the browser, and France Telecom researcher Brad Lassey would also join the team.
Here are a few Great open source apps i am using and most which i would definitely recommend to anybody, even if your not particularly skillful with software, these applications have such an easy user interface utilizing should be a breeze. I put them in a list so it is easily browsable .
The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world’s best browser.
Video Player / Video Podcasting
Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than windows media player). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.
IM – Instant Messaging
Connect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously in a single app, including: AOL IM, MSN, and Jabber.
Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need.
Simple, lightweight aggregator.
Solid cross-platform RSS client.