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« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2008, 04:54:01 PM »

I'm thinking the best strategy is to wait a couple of weeks for the situation with Extensions to settle down. What do you think?
I can't say i disagree there. Most of the major ones will be done within a few days, as is usual for them. However, i daresay that a lot of those tiny ones you come to rely on may even never be ported.
For the ones that provide simple operations, you can quite easily upgrade it yourself with little risk to your browser (test it in the portable version perhaps) by unzipping the xpi with an application like 7zip, opening the install.rdf in a text editor, and changing the <em:maxVersion> to 3.0.0.* then repacking it and dragging it into your browser window.

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« Reply #26 on: June 17, 2008, 05:01:21 PM »

Nice tip about the version, Ehtyar!
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« Reply #27 on: June 17, 2008, 05:05:34 PM »

About:config->extensions.checkCompatibility=false
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« Reply #28 on: June 17, 2008, 05:09:42 PM »

Nice tip about the version, Ehtyar!
You're most welcome. I just had a poke around on the net, and it seems this info isn't really out there. I should do some quick testing before i start posting as though it's gospel. I'll reply back shortly.

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« Reply #29 on: June 17, 2008, 05:11:12 PM »

Tom - I just installed it and it overwrote Firefox 2... no big deal as I would have uninstalled 2 anyway. FWIW, it gives you the option to change installation path - default (under XP) is c:\program files\mozilla firefox...
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« Reply #30 on: June 17, 2008, 05:12:07 PM »

About:config->extensions.checkCompatibility=false
Too dangerous for me, would be easy to accidentally forget about it and end up downloading an old extension that really messed with your browser, then as soon as you turn it off all the old addons stop working. But nice note though, I'll confess i didn't know about it tongue

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« Reply #31 on: June 17, 2008, 05:18:55 PM »

For the ones that provide simple operations, you can quite easily upgrade it yourself with little risk to your browser (test it in the portable version perhaps) by unzipping the xpi with an application like 7zip, opening the install.rdf in a text editor, and changing the <em:maxVersion> to 3.0.0.* then repacking it and dragging it into your browser window.
Tested and successful in Portable Firefox 3.0 with Go to Selection. Also, in order to run Portable Firefox concurrently with 2.0, copy the FirefoxPortable.ini from the Other\Source directory into the root directory, and change AllowMultipleInstances to true (also change DisableSplashScreen to true tongue).

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« Reply #32 on: June 17, 2008, 06:17:06 PM »

More or less just installed, it seems a bit snappier - though the real stress test will be 8 hours with facebook, that used to cause ff2 to slug down to a crawl. FireBug and MouseLessBrowsing aren't FF3 compatible yet it seems, my other extensions didn't complain.
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« Reply #33 on: June 17, 2008, 06:26:17 PM »

I'm missing TabMixPlus something cruel, but other than that I'm OK.

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« Reply #34 on: June 17, 2008, 07:18:56 PM »

Whoa...

13kb/s on a 1G cable connection... stars

Hah, I can better that. 2 KB/s, just like in the 33.6 K days (the good days, that is)

Now let's see if all extensions have been updated, and if I can find a decent theme, the default is fugly. I hope someone ports Winstripe, but for now Vista and Mac OS X users sure have things easier.
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« Reply #35 on: June 17, 2008, 08:31:35 PM »

Track FF record setting atempt @ http://www.spreadfirefox.com/en-US/worldrecord/ or @ http://downloadcounter.sj.mozilla.com/

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« Reply #36 on: June 17, 2008, 09:36:11 PM »

Seems to have died down at least a little, on Australian fiber I'm getting around 300k. We generally don't get much more than that, except from Microsoft Australia.

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« Reply #37 on: June 18, 2008, 12:08:10 AM »

I'm thinking the best strategy is to wait a couple of weeks for the situation with Extensions to settle down. What do you think?

More like a few months in my case... there's several important extensions that haven't caught up yet and forcing compatibility just screws things up.
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« Reply #38 on: June 18, 2008, 01:04:32 AM »

I miss my All-in-One Mouse Gestures. The only one updated for 3.0 are FireGestures which is missing one I used to use all the time!

This one only allows one command per gesture but All-in-One was smart so that if I did an upward movement it would open a new tab, but if I did the same upward movement when clicking on a link it would open the link in a new tab. FireGestures seems unable to do that. Sad
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« Reply #39 on: June 18, 2008, 01:49:24 AM »

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I'm thinking the best strategy is to wait a couple of weeks for the situation with Extensions to settle down. What do you think?

that's my plan as well.
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« Reply #40 on: June 18, 2008, 02:44:58 AM »

FF3 is almost as fast as Opera. Give it a try guys  thumbs up

Its speed and awesome bar are good enough for me to keep it running in spite of some add-ons not functioning.
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« Reply #41 on: June 18, 2008, 02:56:54 AM »

yes, it's quite good with the streamlined UI and all. if one is not too dependent on add-ons (which is unlikely), then it's the time to try out version 3. Thmbsup
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« Reply #42 on: June 18, 2008, 04:08:01 AM »

No Squint sure changed.
Not sure if it's a good change yet.
You can set it to change the size of fonts and pictures individually.

Minimize to Tray isn't ready but Minimize to Tray Enhancer is.
Kind of funny, but it's two different authors.

Overall I like it.
I'm not finished trying all my add-ons yet.
3 haven't been upgraded so far.

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« Reply #43 on: June 18, 2008, 05:45:32 AM »

I saw this neat addon posted over at Neowin. It has some really neat features such as splitting the URL into breadcrumbs when you hold ctrl (the feature is off by default). It called Locationbar².

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« Reply #44 on: June 18, 2008, 06:00:39 AM »

Hi Ehtyar,

I'm missing TabMixPlus something cruel, but other than that I'm OK.

You can find a version for FF3 here (its a Dev-Build, but works flawless for me): http://tmp.garyr.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7031

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« Reply #45 on: June 18, 2008, 06:07:50 AM »

Hi Ehtyar,

I'm missing TabMixPlus something cruel, but other than that I'm OK.

You can find a version for FF3 here (its a Dev-Build, but works flawless for me): http://tmp.garyr.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7031

Marc
ooooh, thank you!! Kiss

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« Reply #46 on: June 18, 2008, 06:18:07 AM »

Yippee, I am running the latest and greatest.....

So far.... (10 minutes later)....
Firstly, I had to restart my computer before it would open. This may have had something to do with having FF2 open when I installed them. BTW I tried to install them together (2 & 3) by setting the installation folder to something else, but it doesn't seem to work and I only have 3.

It seems slower, but probably just because it has an empty cache as yet, should pick up.

All my addons work, flashblock, adblock, forecastfox.

The theme is as ugly as sin, and the 'awesome bar' may have to be skinned away if possible, so far I hate it. Simply, I can remember the address of my bookmarks (I have a good memory for that) so why waste space and tell me all there is to know about a site. Who cares?

More updates as I find problems.

Oh wait, I haven't got web accellerator in yet, not that I thin it helps, just looks good having a speedo on my browser.
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« Reply #47 on: June 18, 2008, 06:44:02 AM »

I like the awesome bar so far, fits pretty well with my laziness.

Default skin ugly? Icons might not be all that pretty, but I like how simple & clean it is, how little "real estate" is wasted on useless graphics.

As for speed, seems like FF3 install by default turns off HTTP pipelining even if it was enabled in FF2 - turning it back on helps increase page load speed.
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« Reply #48 on: June 18, 2008, 06:55:23 AM »

I'm missing TabMixPlus something cruel

The latest Dev Build appears to be FF3 compatible.

http://tmp.garyr.net/dev-builds/
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« Reply #49 on: June 18, 2008, 09:28:54 AM »

maybe we should post firefox 3 reviews we find:
http://cybernetnews.com/2...ernotes-firefox-3-review/ - they like it a lot
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