Firefox 2.0a3 (BonEcho) for Mac

I like what I see. It’s not quite polished, but it’s surprisingly mature for such an early release.

  • It’s fast, even w/o being a native PPC G4 buld like DeerPark (3rd-party FF build). I’d even go as far to say that it’s faster than my beloved Safari.
  • Doesn’t choke. Test: myspace. Most browsers I try choke pretty easily on the crappy MySpace pages.
  • Tabs can be reordered. You heard me right. Tabs can be moved around the tab bar as you wish. Safari users who are used to switching between tabs with Cmd-Shift-arrow left/right will need to use Cmd-Opt-arrow left/right in Firefox.

As expected my plugins/extensions aren’t compatible with this release, but I’m sure update will be ready sooner or later, especially now that the browser is in alpha. Did I mention it’s fast? It’s even faster than Safari, which is surprising, considering previous versions of FF were slow unless you found a build for your processor (i.e., the G4 DeerPark build).

I didn’t find any errors or inconsistencies on the small numbers of sites I’m testing this build on this morning, though I should make sure to give much credit to the app for not choking very much on MySpace pages. Even when the browser is waiting for data from the servers or is figuring out complex layouts it’s still very responsive, for the most part.

Find BonEcho here.
If you want the current FireFox release builds for the PPC G4 and G5 processors, go here (seriously – TONS faster than the native FireFox builds from the FF people).




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Help me please…
I just installed Firefox 2.0, and all of a sudden, my username/password isn't being inserted in the signon window (it always was before). I tried the usual suspects–I did not mistakenly tell FF not to remember the password for this site; and I also tried the remember password bookmarklet, but all to no avail–FF will not ask me to remember this password. What do I need to do to get around this?

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