The next generation: Mozilla Firefox 3


Firefox 3 made a good impression with new features, such as improved phishing protection (Figure 6) and easier installation of add-ons that do not originate from Mozilla's add-on page. The developers have introduced further improvements with Beta 4 [14]. Firefox 3 looks likely to have support for the Internet keys on multimedia keyboards and will have improved support for Gnome session management.

Figure 6: The new Firefox offers improved phishing protection.

Overall, Firefox 3 is a critical component of the Linux desktop. In the future, the software will integrate almost seamlessly, at the same time adding a number of convenient functions. Users who prefer the KDE desktop will be disappointed – Firefox is yet another project that has decided in favor of Gtk.

The Author

Christoph Langner is a big fan of Linux as well as a computer administrator at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He is currently working in the field of software test management.

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