Firefox 3.7 Pre Alpha: Looks vs. Speed

Another Firefox 3.7 Pre Alpha has released and it has a new set of nifty features which are intriguing but some missing improvements which were expected to be there by now.

The two issues I am discussing here are looks and speed.


Regarding looks, the latest pre-alpha developers preview has improved in terms of looks and features a new Aero support for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Moreover, it is not just the title bar which has the Aero look. The navigation and the bookmarks bar also have the glass look. Lee Mathews from DownloadSquad has written on this but has not found a about:config key to disable this yet. The glass effect works best with the default installation without any theme or persona. Read more at DOWNLOADSQUAD.

In matters of speed, OMG!Ubuntu has done a simple JavaScript benchmark. The results show that Firefox is still significantly slower than Google Chrome and Opera 10.5. Chrome still stands as the fastest browser with respect to JavaScript rendering beating Opera 10.5 closely.

It is time Firefox focuses on the important aspect, which is faster rendering of webpages. Eyecandy on Firefox has come a long way already and any further progress in this matter can wait.

The latest test build is available for download.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

  • Indian Art

    I am eagerly waiting for Firefox 3.7 final release.

  • mrhat

    I disagree completely. Horsepower will – and does – being the geeks, the ones that care about all the under-the-hood technical specifications, and indeed they were the initial core that made Firefox a path to the masses. But in order to have a strong share of users, in order to become everyone’s browser, speed isn’t the issue. User interface, especially an intuitive one that thinks like the average user, for the average user; Dependability – knowing that it will render correctly each and every site (unfortunately, in Israel people – and me too – still keep to IE on certain sites due to compatibility); and Feature set. Limiting the browser race to mere speed is wrong, and – like every race based on one score only – you are bound to lose at this point or another.

  • I will waiting until final version released…

  • Yes, comparing to Chrome and Opere our foxes have slowed down.

    In the terms of speed, i would use Chrome but i have my foxed so tweeked out that i just can't live with out my plug-ins and the look what my beautiful fox have.

    Looking foward to see some improvments from Mozilla in next months.

    Thanks for this read,