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Firefox 3.7 Alpha 1 Arrives for Preview

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Want to be on the bleeding edge of Firefoxiness? Go alpha.

Just as we're all enjoying the newness of Firefox 3.6 along with our fancy (or gaudy) personas, Mozilla developers have dropped an early version of Firefox 3.7 that's ready for alpha status.

Of course, those keeping up with the nightly builds of Firefox will say that 3.7 has been available for some time now; but this one is alpha, making it a little bit more ready for developer consumption.

New in Firefox 3.7 is a newer Gecko 1.9.3 engine, support for WebGL, SMIL animations in SVG, and CSS transitions (partial).

Download Firefox 3.7 alpha for Windows, Mac, or Linux.

We should mention that Mozilla last month dropped Firefox 3.7 from its release schedule in favour of concentrating on Firefox 4.0, so expect the efforts made in 3.7 to eventually evolve into the next major release.

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    Shadow703793 , February 11, 2010 7:21 PM
    Umm... FF 3.7a1 has been out since DECEMBER! This is truly late news man.
    Been running 3.7a1 Alpha since January and with the exception of 3 adons, every thing else works fine.

    For those interested in Alpha builds keep an eye out on the Minefield dev trunk.

    Btw, those links give me a 404. Here's where you can grab pre compiled builds: http://www.wg9s.com/mozilla/firefox/
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    Shadow703793 , February 11, 2010 7:24 PM
    One more thing: The latest alpha version is a2. NOT a1 as you stated.
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    chechak , February 11, 2010 7:29 PM
    firefox is good but lately isn't that good i believe it will return as we all know Excellent!!!
    so now iam using Opera its great and I'll wait for new Firefox full 3.7 !!
    how about creepy IE ?
    hope they improve it soon because last one is Err...!!! :p 
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    Tomtompiper , February 11, 2010 8:06 PM
    I suppose even though it is an interim build "3.7" Tom's will use it as a new browser, letting IE6 gain second spot on the list???????
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    drksilenc , February 11, 2010 8:10 PM
    Chrome FTW
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    Shadow703793 , February 11, 2010 8:20 PM
    chechakfirefox is good but lately isn't that good i believe it will return as we all know Excellent!!! so now iam using Opera its great and I'll wait for new Firefox full 3.7 !!how about creepy IE ? hope they improve it soon because last one is Err...!!!

    Gotta agreed. With the exception of CAD,Photo/vid editing and games, Fire Fox uses most of my RAM. More so than Chrome, IE, Explorer, and Word ,etc. I do have 6GB+ but I do wish it was more RAM conservetive as I have a lot of tabs running at once some times and a few times, I manage to make Fire Fox eat up ~600MB of my RAM! :ouch: 
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    Anonymous , February 11, 2010 8:31 PM
    That's nice and all, but it's not like some of us were running that way back when the 3.6 beta was announced for download. I would *still* be running Minefield/3.7a1 pre, except that just last week it updated to 3.7a2 pre...
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    Shadow703793 , February 11, 2010 9:04 PM
    Way to go. -1 ing for stating the truth. Well done.
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    mayne92 , February 11, 2010 9:47 PM
    tomtompiperI suppose even though it is an interim build "3.7" Tom's will use it as a new browser, letting IE6 gain second spot on the list???????

    Oh hey! How much you want to bet that if FF was included with Windows that FF would be #1? And again, people would actually have a more secure browser from the start over IE...programmers won't have to find stupid work-arounds for getting ALL PRIOR VERSIONS OF IE TO FUNCTION PROPERLY...and I could go on...and on...and on...and on............
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    Anonymous , February 11, 2010 11:36 PM
    Opera 10.50 Pre-Alpha for the win. Its 300 percent faster than firefox 3.6 in java based websites.
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    jfem , February 11, 2010 11:59 PM
    Will
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    jfem , February 12, 2010 12:00 AM
    Something's wrong with the link.
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    masterjaw , February 12, 2010 12:04 AM
    Wow. There's somebody doing all the "-1" thing again.

    @mayne92: Then it would be renamed as Microsoft Firefox instead. :p  Honestly, I'm quite disappointed with Firefox's performance lately. I've been using this since version 1. Maybe I still can't get over with the numerous crashes I encountered from FF 3.5.
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    randomizer , February 12, 2010 1:23 AM
    Shadow703793This is truly late news man.

    Not according to Mozilla it isn't, they published the news yesterday. It's here (as are the working download links): https://developer.mozilla.org/devnews/index.php/2010/02/10/mozilla-developer-preview-gecko-1-9-3a1-available-for-download/
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    JohnnyLucky , February 12, 2010 3:02 AM
    I hate to think what would have happened if MS bought FF.
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    pocketdrummer , February 12, 2010 4:04 AM
    JohnnyLuckyI hate to think what would have happened if MS bought FF.


    It's not a company, really.... it's open source.
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    randomizer , February 12, 2010 4:53 AM
    pocketdrummerIt's not a company, really.... it's open source.

    Mozilla is a company though.
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    urlsen , February 12, 2010 12:03 PM
    I hope this will help the Battlefield heroes team to fix the problems they have had with the latest build...it only runs on >FF 3.5 and IE and honestly IE has always sucked moose balls compared to FF