It seems like just yesterday Firefox 3.0 was released, and here we sit with the first Alpha release of Firefox 3.1 in our lap. This new release is supposed to reach final form towards the end of the year, but until that time comes there will be plenty of pre-release versions (like this one) that you can tinker with.

So what’s new in Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1? The two major things we’ve already uncovered, and what I’m referring to would be the address bar improvements and new tab switching behavior. Aside from that there have been some additional CSS3 implementations, which I’m guessing most of you won’t be touching. Here’s a brief look at the features in this release:

Remember that most of your extensions probably won’t function in this release without forcing compatibility, and even by doing that there’s no guarantee that your extensions will work as you would expect. For example, our own CyberSearch extension was broken in Firefox 3.1 because of this bug, but we made sure to get CyberSearch 0.9.11 up last week which offers full Firefox 3.1 compatibility. Not only that but we have another new version of the extension coming out tomorrow that has a bunch of new features. ;)

The download links for Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 are below, but one thing I wanted to point out is that this release bears the codename Shiretoko. So don’t be confused when the browser starts up and it doesn’t say “Firefox” anywhere.

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The downloads are currently only available in English (U.S.), and this will likely be the case until Firefox 3.1 hits the Beta stage. If you’re still interested in downloading Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 here are the links you’ll need:

Let us know you’re thoughts once you get the Alpha release up and running!

There Are 4 Comments

  1. The ctrl-tab tab switch is really cool. kinda like what i get with alt-tab with compiz on ubuntu. the address bar improvements are welcome too.

  2. Tinhed wrote:
    The ctrl-tab tab switch is really cool. kinda like what i get with alt-tab with compiz on ubuntu. the address bar improvements are welcome too.

    The Ctrl+Tab is pretty nice. I think they found a nice middle ground with not making it overly fancy, and yet making it useful. Although I still don’t know if I’m going to remember to use Ctrl+Tab to switch between tabs. :roll:

  3. What I’m trying to do for Firefox is turn off the drag and drop in the Address bar. Is there any way/setting to do that? I know clicking once or triple clicking after editing selects the whole address bar, but if I use my mouse to select part of the URL, it starts dragging if I don’t drag exactly horizontally. IE doesn’t do that. Any way out?

  4. Anonymous wrote:
    What I’m trying to do for Firefox is turn off the drag and drop in the Address bar. Is there any way/setting to do that? I know clicking once or triple clicking after editing selects the whole address bar, but if I use my mouse to select part of the URL, it starts dragging if I don’t drag exactly horizontally. IE doesn’t do that. Any way out?

    Unfortunately I don’t know of any way around that. I’m trying to figure out if that’s intentional, or a bug.

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