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Firefox 3.5 hit 4 million downloads early this morning, capping an impressive debut.  (Source: Mozilla.org)
Firefox's new browser is a hit

While still not as ubiquitous as Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's new Firefox 3.5 browser was just released yesterday and is off to a great start.  The browser was met with mostly positive reviews.  Reuters stated, "There's no doubt that version 3.5 of Firefox is significantly faster than version 3...All in all, this is a major improvement over Firefox 3. Even if you're not currently a Firefox user, you'll want to give it a try."

CNET was slightly more measured commenting, "Firefox 3.5 is a much-needed improvement to the world's most popular alternative browser... While some of the improvements, such as the HTML5 and other developer enhancements will continue to make the browser their first choice, many of the other changes merely keep it in-line with the competition."

At the end of the day, though, Firefox 3.5's hot new features like HTML5 support and a faster JavaScript engine won over users.  Downloads were blazing at 100 per second for much of the day yesterday.  Mozilla's servers performed admirably under the load.

The new browser hit 1 million downloads within a couple hours and 2 million downloads in 7 and 1/2 hours.  By this morning it had 4.3 million downloads.  You can view the progress yourself on the download tracker found here

The U.S. leads the world with 1.1 million downloads, with Germany in second with 496,000 downloads.

While the new Firefox is certainly very popular, it failed to surpass its own Guinness World record set by Firefox 3, which recorded 8 million downloads worldwide in 24 hours.  Firefox also faces reinvigorated competition -- Apple claims that 11 million copies of its new Safari were downloaded in 3 days, and Opera is gearing up for a big 10.0 release



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RE: Tried it out yesterday
By Quinton McLeod on 7/2/2009 8:52:02 AM , Rating: 2
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Looked it up and according to Mozilla themselves, phishing protection debuted in Firefox 3, released June 2008. IE7 was released in October 2006.


Seems to me that your research was in vain.

Firefox 2 Phishing Filter:
http://www.mozilla.org/security/phishing-test.html
http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing#Browsers_ale...

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Web Slices are a fantastic feature, and I hope more sites start using them. The provide much richer content than simple RSS feeds can. I also like the Accelerators feature. Since Microsoft lets anyone create accelerators and web slices, it's hard to believe that other browsers can't utilize them.


Lets reword that:
Active X is a fantastic feature, and I hope more sites start using it. It provide much richer content than simple Java scripts can. I also like the auto-install feature. Since Microsoft lets anyone create auto-installers and Active X scripts, it's hard to believe other browsers can't utilize them.

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Maybe Opera had private mode first, but regardless Firefox is playing catch-up.


Firefox playing catch up to who?? Opera and Webkit? Certainly not IE8! Like I said before, IE8 still isn't nearly as compliant to the W3C standards as Firefox.

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I use the RSS toolbar so I don't want to remove it. I want to hide the menu bar, but Firefox doesn't give me that option.


Simple. View --> Toolbars --> Uncheck "Bookmarks Toolbar".

Or better yet, hold CTRL and press B. It'll bring up the sidebar. Your RSS stuff shows up there too! Press it again to hide it. Problem solved.

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IE can prompt me when a site wants to set a cookie and I can approve/deny it then. With Firefox I have to block all cookies and then whitelist sites manually. Same result in the end, but a lot harder to set up.


All websites use cookies in one form or another. You're saying you want your browser to annoy you to death with cookie prompts for each site you visit? I dunno if I would consider that "easy", but whatever. IE: 1 pt - Firefox - 10 pts

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W3C compliance? Have you read the standards? They can be interpreted in so many ways it's no wonder that sites look different between IE, Firefox, and Opera. CSS3 is still under development, so it doesn't make sense to support it. And before you bring it up, it's the same with HTML5.


You're a bit confused. W3C standards are interpreted one way and one way only. That is why they are called STANDARDS. If someone is interpreting the standards differently, then they are interpreting them wrong.

CSS3 still being under development is no excuse to not support it. The purpose of supporting stuff is to help the developer and not screw with him/her. If I create a website for one browser, it should look good in ALL the browsers. I should never have to make my page look good for Firefox and then have to "hack" it so it looks good in IE.


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