Iâ€™m using Deer Park on my G3 iBook running Mac OS X 10.3 (Iâ€™ll get around to upgrading to Tiger one day) and from what Iâ€™ve experienced so far the future of Firefox looks even more promising.
A few quick observations:
- After two days no crashes or hangs yet so it seems to be stable.
- No significant user interface changes (well, for the Mac version anyway)
- A generally more responsive interface and smoother rendering than 1.0.4 (sorry, haven’t tried 1.0.6)
- The new tab drag-and-drop works OK and includes a little virtual arrow to show where the tab will slot in
- My Sage blog aggregator is a Firefox 1.x extension, and, as hinted at by the release notes, didnâ€™t work with Deer Park (it loaded but didn’t do anything)
Hereâ€™s a (very low res) screenshot:
From the release notes, some of the changes include:
- Software update system to streamline product upgrades (currently disabled)
- Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance
- Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs
- Improvements to popup blocking
- Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater)
I can vouch for two of those new features, but only time will tell if the “several security enhancements” result in a safer Internet experience.
So go ahead and grab a copy of Deer Park and help drive open standards on the Internet. Deer Park comes with a “Report a broken Web site” tool so users can also help Firefox’s compatibility.