As promised earlier, here is a quick review of Firefox 3 Beta aka Minefield. I am running the Linux version on Ubuntu 7.10 on a T5300 processor at 1.73 GHz and 1 GB RAM.
The Beta did not find a suitable upgrade to a few themes and del.icio.us toolbar. But that is not a major cocncern now since most of the developers would be working on it. At least I hope they are on it
At first glance, the beta version is faster than the previous version. It also consumes less memory. And the default theme integrates well into the desktop theme. Not only the toolbars and dialogs but also the buttons and text boxes on the web pages. Below are a few statistics.
Memory consumption on launching with a single blank tab – 23.7 MB of RAM
Launching Facebook on a single tab – 8% of CPU Max and 24 MB of RAM
Gmail on single tab – 24% of CPU Max and 40.6 MB of RAM
Ten tabs loaded with an assortment of Web 1.0 and 2.0 websites – 55 MB of RAM
There is a new Places folder which contains recently starred items, recently visited pages, recently visited starred pages, most visited pages and the like. This definitely helps in visiting pages that you are interested in. What remains to be seen is how differently can this be used when compared to Bookmarks.
A new website identification system is in place too. And this sits right where the favicon of websites appear. Clicking on it says if the site is secured or not.
And one more significant change is there is an Applications tab where one can customize which type of file should be opened using what application. I have been reading that the rendering is similar to Opera’s progressive rendering. But I still see that the entire page is rendered at one go.
So far everything looks good and it should only get better as we go through various betas and the release candidate.
Posted in Browsers, Computers, Firefox, Linux, Mozilla, Software, technology, Web, Web 2.0
Tagged Firefox, Firefox 3 Beta 1, Mozilla Firefox
Well, I had been thinking about this for a long time. Today I had the time and the patience to do it. What was that? Consolidate the statistics of this blog.
I have prepared a rough document and put it here for all of you to see
Some cool graphs to summarize. I had taken all the data right out of my sitemeter.com account. All the graphs were created with OpenOffice.org 2.3.0
Total Unique Visitors: 7397
Lifetime of Blog: 15 months
Top Post: 1600 hits to this day : Dell Inspiron 6400 – Part 4 – Installing Ubuntu 7.04
OS % Share
No prizes for guessing this one. Win XP wins hands down
Browser % Share
Well, again, no prizes here. Firefox turned out to be the most widely used browser by the readers of my blog.
The real surprise was here. Until a few days ago, it was North America, from where most of the traffic to this site came from. Well, Europe just snatched the first place as of today
And, I have the satisfaction of completing a long due post
Posted in Blogging, Browsers, Computers, Firefox, IE7, Linux, Mozilla, Open Source, Software, Statistics, technology, Vista, Web, Windows, Writing
I am not sure if others know of this already but typing about:mozilla in the address bar of firefox gave me this screen. Could not resist posting it. It reads
And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced.
But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird.
The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire
and thunder upon them. For the beast had been
reborn with its strength renewed, and the
followers of Mammon cowered in horror.
from The Book of Mozilla, 7:15
Check it out. Click for a larger image