This morning I decided to give Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 from Mozilla Labs a try.
I'm really interested in a lot of what they're doing, including their development of HTML 5 support for
<video> elements and closer CSS 2.1 support including text shadows. I haven't tested the former, but the latter is definitely working; not sure whether I'd ever use such shadows on my own pages but it's good to see Firefox catching up to Safari/WebKit, Opera and Konqueror/KHTML in this regard.
Mac users like me will be pleased to note some quite significant cosmetic changes which make Firefox look more Mac-like. Context menus now finally match Mac OS X Leopard's rounded corners, the bookmark bar has a much more subdued gradient which looks classier and the toolbar itself takes up less screen real estate.
Given I use so many extensions I admit I was worried how many of them would break in the beta; to my relief only two were, and neither are security related. SSL Blacklist (now my favourite extension alongside NoScript) in the version I had was incompatible, but updating to version 4.0.31 and the SSL Blacklist Local Database 1.0.7 fixed this. Clipmarks reports to be compatible, but alas doesn't work for me at all.
|Compatible with 3.5b4||Not compatible with 3.5b4||
Adblock Plus 1.0.2
British English Dictionary 1.19
Permit Cookies 0.6.2
SSL Blacklist 4.0.31
SSL Blacklist Local D’Base 1.0.7
Tree Style Tab 0.7.2009051501
I look forward to the final release, as usual the Mozilla folks are doing a fantastic job.