Firefox 3.0 now available to download

Mozilla FirefoxMozzila released the final version of Firefox 3.0 today and you can download it at Mozilla.

Available today in approximately 50 languages, Firefox 3 is two to three times faster than its predecessor and offers more than 15,000 improvements, including the revolutionary smart location bar, malware protection, and extensive under the hood work to improve the speed and performance of the browser.

While I've been talking about Firefox 3 since late 2006, I have to admit that I haven't been into Firefox 3's development as much as I did with Firefox 2.  While there were some bumps on the way with the alphas and betas, Firefox 3.0 is definately a well polished product (I'm using it as I write in this post).  My first two impressions of Firefox 3 is that it is fast and that I don't quite get the awesome bar.

I think one of the problems with figuring out the benefits to the changes in the bookmarks and the smart location bar (aka awesome bar) is that my Firefox 3 profile carries a legacy of Firefox 1, 2, and pre 3 preferences.  In other words, the configuration and preference settings for the Firefox 3 on my desktop may be heavily influenced by the past.  I'm thinking that it may be time to blow away my Firefox profile and start with a fresh profile.  In this way I know that I'll be seeing and using Firefox 3 in the way the developers had intended me to see it.

As a side note, I found that at both home and at work I couldn't upgrade the release candidate of Firefox 3 running on Vista to the final version.  At least I couldn't use Firefox's Help > Check for Updates in the pull-down menus with receiving some type of XML error.  My solution was to download Firefox 3.0, remove the old version of Firefox 3, and then install Firefox 3.0.