Firefox 3 Alpha 8 Screenshot 

We weren’t exactly sure whether the next milestone in the Firefox 3 pre-release lifecycle was going to be an Alpha or a Beta, but we know now. Mozilla just released Firefox 3 Alpha 8 as another developer preview, and judging by the current state I would say that they will be ready to start the Beta builds soon.

According to the release notes here are all of the new features since Firefox 3 Alpha 7:

  • Basic and unpolished UI for starring and tagging pages has been added, as well as a richer Location Bar autocomplete algorithm that matches against page title. Here are possible mockups of upcoming features.
  • Prompt for remembering passwords is no longer a modal dialog
  • Built in malware protection (which you can test here)
  • Basic and unpolished UI for indicating richer website identity information has been added
  • A new Applications preference panel for configuring handlers for various content types has replaced the Download Actions dialog and the Feeds preference panel
    Firefox 3 Application Manager
  • All Firefox add-ons must now use a secure method for auto-updating
  • Firefox now quits properly (instead of just being killed) when Windows is shut down or restarted
  • You can also see the full list of all bugs fixed since Gran Paradiso Alpha 7

So the next milestone still hasn’t been classified as an Alpha or Beta build, but it should be released either way around the end of October. Despite having a lot of work to do on the Bookmark Organizer I still think that they can get all of the groundwork laid so that they can begin the Beta process. As always we’ll keep you informed of the new feature as they become available in the nightly builds.

Download Firefox 3 Alpha 8:
Microsoft Windows 2000 or later
Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Linux

There Are 10 Comments

  1. I want to install this alpha to play with it but I’m worried it might override my current Firefox with some conflicts. I’m on Vista so if you could tell me how I could install it without affecting Firefox 2.

  2. Also says this in release notes.

    Gran Paradiso Alpha 8 does not contain the mitigation for the QuickTime/Firefox cross-scripting flaw that was recently released with Firefox 2.0.0.7.

    I know a lot of you don’t use Quicktime, but people who do should be aware of that before using this.

  3. Cant wait for RTM. I’ve to admit I’ve yet not switched from IE but definitely will with FF3!!

  4. I am really looking forward to the polished version of tagged bookmarking. May be I’ll stop using de.icio.us! :-)

    Chris.. I have linked my name to my post on how to run Firefox 2.0 and Firefox 3 simultaneously.

    Sorry for the plug, Ryan! :-)

  5. Chris wrote:
    I want to install this alpha to play with it but I’m worried it might override my current Firefox with some conflicts. I’m on Vista so if you could tell me how I could install it without affecting Firefox 2.

    While the other two recommendations for running Firefox 3 were good, I think the best way would be to use this script: [cybernetnews.com]

    That will create a portable build for you, and you can run both Firefox 2 and Firefox 3 side-by-side at the same time. That’s what I use now, and I have recommended it to a lot of people.

    xpgeek wrote:
    Also says this in release notes.

    Gran Paradiso Alpha 8 does not contain the mitigation for the QuickTime/Firefox cross-scripting flaw that was recently released with Firefox 2.0.0.7.

    I know a lot of you don’t use Quicktime, but people who do should be aware of that before using this.

    Ouch, I didn’t see that. I’m surprised they weren’t able to get that fixed.

  6. Wow, 1123 bugs fixed since the last alpha release. That’s amazing.

  7. CoryC wrote:
    Wow, 1123 bugs fixed since the last alpha release. That’s amazing.

    That’s pretty typical before the Beta’s start to come though. By this point they have most of the features implemented, and now they are just working on tidying things up. So many of the bugs are small changes.

  8. Ryan wrote:
    CoryC wrote:
    Wow, 1123 bugs fixed since the last alpha release. That’s amazing.

    That’s pretty typical before the Beta’s start to come though. By this point they have most of the features implemented, and now they are just working on tidying things up. So many of the bugs are small changes.

    I understand that, it’s the fact that they took the time to fix those 1123 minor defects. I think there are some companies that would ship the product with those defects in place. After all, they are minor. ;)

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