Everyone knows that today is Spread Firefox day, hoping to set a record for the most number of downloads. I took the opportunity to get counted, and downloaded my copy.
The first thing I noticed was that it looked much better than FireFox 2 did on my Mac, probably because it fits in with the UI as a more natural application. The icons (particularly the backwards/forwards button) are a little too stylish for my liking, but generally it feels like it's been brought out of the Aqua age and into the current Mac OS X style.
- WebKit r34604 10920.6ms +/- 6.3%
- FF 3.0 12362.8ms +/- 11.9%
- Safari 3.1 29850.4ms +/- 17.5%
- FF 2.0 53953.4ms +/- 22.9%
Anyway, the results of my somewhat less-than-scientific comparison indicate that FireFox is a worthy browser that (it has to be said) has a number of better plugins than the Safari browser does. It also has the advantage of being the fastest shipping application out of the two; and there's no reason not to use it on a Mac now that it doesn't look as ugly as it did before. Download it today and be counted!