Mozilla has released Firefox 3 Beta 2.

Firefox 3 Beta 2 is a developer preview release of Mozilla’s next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.

Firefox 3 Beta 2

Firefox’s planned integration with Linux and GTK themes is now implemented. The tabs look like GTK native tabs, but they really are just skinned versions of the old ones. The icons are used from the current GTK theme now. I noticed the the tool bar icon to open a new tab is a custom icon, even though there is a nicer default one that Epiphany uses.

Themed buttons

I ran Firefox 2 and Firefox 3 through the SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark to find if there was a speed advantage. Firefox 3 can run Javascript 14% faster than version 2 on my system:

Firefox 2: 12868.2ms +/- 0.3%
Firefox 3: 9684.8ms +/- 0.3%

Get Firefox 3 Beta 2 from Mozilla’s download page. You can follow my previous how to for beta 1 to install this new version.


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