Firefox 4 B4 Now Online, Brings Tab 'Panorama'

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soo-nah-mee

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Looks like Firefox might be getting 2nd chance from me. I'm loving Chrome (although I see many others are not), but there are things I miss about Firefox. And...... download.
 

mitch074

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I've never left Firefox (if only because Chrome on my OS has been made available only a short while ago), however I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by the performances Firefox 4 beta 4 for Linux 64-bit (the Mozilla build) brought over my distro's default 3.6.8 build.

The interesting thing though, is that on Linux, the 3.6.8 "software rendering" goes as fast as 4.0's hardware-accelerated rendering on many IE9 demoes (psychedelic browsing, for example, goes well above 1000 rotations on Firefox 3.6.8 for Linux - but it actually depends on hardware drivers, on Intel crap I get more than 1000 on a 600x600 window, if I go over 700 it falls under 1).

Panorama is mightily interesting, but I'm not so sure about Sync - although if it really is secure, I'll probably use it heavily: between work, home, netbook and various VMs, it sure would be useful.
 

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Re:mitch074
I don't think Firefox 4 is hardware-accelerated on Linux (yet). It's only on Windows that it can use Direct2D, the standard they're using for acceleration. On Win7, hardware acceleration works great!
 

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Nice. Well Firefox has done very well for me and 4.0 looks like it will do even more, but I will wait till it's final release.
 

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omg. all u guys talk about firefox and chrome. Why don't to try Opera? is not cool?? It's amazing! Actually I use Opera 70% of the time, 25% chrome and 5% IE (just when i'don't want to have "compatibility problems)..
Try it and enjoy the speed (and the future like Opera unite that allow u to share everything u got on ur HD!
 

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[citation][nom]enrico84[/nom]omg. all u guys talk about firefox and chrome. Why don't to try Opera? is not cool?? It's amazing! Actually I use Opera 70% of the time, 25% chrome and 5% IE (just when i'don't want to have "compatibility problems)..Try it and enjoy the speed (and the future like Opera unite that allow u to share everything u got on ur HD![/citation]

Tried opera...slower than chrome, less functional than FF. No point using it.
 

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[citation][nom]enrico84[/nom]omg. all u guys talk about firefox and chrome. Why don't to try Opera? is not cool?? It's amazing! Actually I use Opera 70% of the time, 25% chrome and 5% IE (just when i'don't want to have "compatibility problems)..Try it and enjoy the speed (and the future like Opera unite that allow u to share everything u got on ur HD![/citation]


No addons = 0 customization

I like my browser as i want
 

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d2d still causes a hang time on browser startup... plus it still had problems with displaying flash content, notably while scrolling with the mouse. sad thing I'm now addicted to adblock plus
 

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lol Panorama i said it once and I'll say it again, congratulations firefox you went in a circle you made tabs for windows now you made windows for tabs for windows.
 

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... i am starting to hate ff3.6 (current). it fkn uses too much memory after browsing a bit (like tomH) and that plugin container eating more side by side. i hate ff and ie. i think i will have to jump on Google bus. as i have seen on other pc's. its damn fast.
 

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"Another feature weaved into the new Firefox 4 beta is Sync, which is very handy for accessing bookmarks, history, Awesome Bar, passwords, form-fill data and open tabs accessible across multiple computers and mobile devices."

If they can do this securely (and for free) it would be HUGE. I will be staying tuned to see what comes of that. Oh, and please make a javascript engine that works 1:1 like IE for crying out loud. Tom's Hardware can't use a forum ticker thanks to the FF devs having their heads up their butts.
 
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