Firefox/Shiretoko 3.1b2 Released

Posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 3.5, Mozilla News, Releases

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 has been released today.

What’s New in Firefox 3.1 Beta 2

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 7 months. Gecko 1.9.1 is an incremental release on the previous version with significant changes to improve web compatibility, performance, and ease of use:

  • This beta is now available in 54 languages – get your local version.
  • Added a new Private Browsing Mode.
  • Added functions to make it easy to clear recent history by time as well as remove all traces of a website.
  • New support for web worker threads.
  • The new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine is on by default for web content.
  • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • Removed the new tab-switching behavior based on feedback from users
  • Support for new web technologies such as the <video> and <audio> elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, CSS 2.1 and 3 properties, SVG transforms and offline applications. More information.

About this Beta

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 is the fourth development milestone and second beta release of Firefox 3.1, the next version of the Firefox web browser. While this release is considered to be stable, it is intended for developers and members of our testing community to use for early evaluation and feedback. Users of the latest released version of Firefox should not expect all of their add-ons to work properly with this beta.

Check out what’s new, the known issues and frequently asked questions about the latest version of Firefox. As always, you’re encouraged to tell us what you think, either using this feedback form or by filing a bug in Bugzilla.

Source: mozillaZine

Comments
  1. quixote says:

    I started using 3.1b1 when it first came out in beta, and now 3.1b2. It’s simply amazing . . . except that my good old Greasemonkey hasn’t been updated to work with it. I’ve looked everywhere to find out why not, and as far as I can tell, the lead developer hasn’t been updating since about June.

    Any idea what the problem is? Any chance we’ll get gm for FF3.1* any time soon?

  2. quixote says:

    Thanks a million! I’m trying it right now, and come back to report success or failure.

  3. quixote says:

    Yesss! W00T! Those enormous banners that take up half my tiny screen: gone again at last. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. El Guru says:

    Nightly Tester Tools is a must if you are going to be playing with the nightly or beta releases.

  5. marsbiker says:

    is the script that renders the snowflakes on this site a promotion for ff3.1? I just think it’s a bit disturbing to have 100% cpu load when displaying this page (on linux). at leats in the 3.1 you can change the tab to make it stop…

  6. […] features, I am not really sure. I know the Visual Tab Switching Behaviour which was yanked in Firefox 3.1b2 is coming back. However, I am not sure if Multi-Process Support is part of the 3.6 release […]

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