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Firefox 3 Beta 1 released

Firefox fanboys rejoice; Mozilla has officially released Firefox 3 Beta 1 browser (opens in new tab) but it doesn't solve one of Firefox's biggest gripes.

Since Firefox 2.0 launched, the browser has been plagued with memory leaks, instances where Firefox takes as much memory as it can until it freezes up or crashes.

This complaint (opens in new tab) - which affects both Mac and PC users - has been reported and documented by thousands users but hasn't been resolved yet.

Unfortunately, Firefox 3 Beta 1 won't be the saviour of those looking to get rid of the memory leaks as it crashed on reviewers at Techcrunch and ZDnet.

That said, FF3 does bring a number of new features and improvements. For example, the HTML rendering engine is quicker and makes use of hardware acceleration, which means that the browser will use the computing power of dedicated graphics card better.

In addition, the favourites management system called places (opens in new tab) which is a substantially rehauled solution, allowing complex search queries based on keywords and more. ZDnet bloggers note that this version also has better security with a revised password management and download procedures, including clearer security messages.

The bottom line though is that Firefox the third is probably not worth using as your main browser at least for a foreseeable future until a more stable version comes out.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.