Since the Firefox 3 Beta 1 release in November, I have been following the release notes of each subsequent beta release but have been reluctant to install it for a couple of reasons:
- Installing Firefox 3 Beta overwrites your Firefox 2 install so you can’t have both versions on the same machine
- Firebug (my favorite add-on and one I can’t live without) didn’t work
This morning however, Firefox 2 was acting very strangely (continuously eating 50% of my CPU) on my Windows box at work. After trying a few things including starting in Safe Mode and having no luck, I decided to just install Firefox 3.
As of Beta 3, Firefox 3 does not overwrite Firefox 2 in Windows, so you can run both versions on the same machine (just not simultaneously). Also, Firebug 1.1 Beta12 works with Firefox 3 as does the latest stable release of the Web Developer add-on. Unfortunately, the Live HTTP Headers add-on doesn’t work yet, but I can live with that.
If you’re on Windows and haven’t yet installed Firefox 3, I recommend you get the latest beta.