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Blazing fast Firefox 4 beta 7 impresses

Nov 11, 2010, 17:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 4 beta 7, a prerelease build for users who want to help test the next major version of the popular open source Web browser. It includes JaegerMonkey, Mozilla's enhanced JavaScript engine.

"During our tests of the new beta, we were consistently impressed by its outstanding performance and greatly improved responsiveness. It delivers highly competitive performance and puts Firefox back on an even footing with its rivals. The beta also brings the Firefox 4 theming overhaul to Linux, including the new tab position above the address bar.

"Windows and Mac OS X users will find that WebGL is enabled by default with supported hardware. Intel graphics hardware isn't supported yet, but will be in the future. Linux users can expect to see WebGL enabled by default in a future beta release. Hardware-accelerated rendering, which is used for certain graphical operations, is working with Direct3D on Windows and OpenGL on Mac OS X."

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