Well, after yet another name change the new version of the web browser that was formerly known as Firebird is now out.

It is now titled Firefox 0.8, and I finally managed to get it downloaded and installed on my rig. And, to put it bluntly….it smokes.

They sped up the rendering engine some, and seem to have made some mechanical tweaks to the underlying guts of the beast. Judging by the results of their efforts, Mozila did good with this one.

Now for those of you out there who are using Firebird, there are a few things you need to know before you install Firefox.

  1. Export your bookmarks and completely uninstall Firebird 0.7 before you plug this beast in. That means get rid of your profiles as well. Otherwise Firefox will not work
  2. You will need to reinstall your extensions all over again. Instead of going to the extension link built into Firefox…go here instead. Due to concerns over site traffic right now, you will actually have a chance to get stuff updated in a timely manner.
  3. Forget about special themes for now. Wait a few weeks while everybody scrambles and gets them updated for the new browser. Using old themes in this machine can cause all kinds of weird things to happen (has anybody seen my front and back buttons?)

But at any rate that is an early assessment. I got my favorite extensions up and running (ad block still works) and have been off to the races for the last few hours. I like this incarnation of the Phoenix project…and the only other thing I can say to you all is to give it a shot.

I don’t think you will be disappointed


~ by maximkovalenko on February 10, 2004.

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