Neil Lee’s optimized firefox builds for Deer Park were my a must-have for mac, and he has finally updated for Firefox 2.0.
Ive been using 2.0 since a couple of weeks into RC3…first at home on my iMac, and once I was satisfied, at work as well. And satisfied I am. It’s no secret that I can’t live without this browser, moreover, many of its extensions are SO important to my daily work. Even though Safari has some similar tools, FF is just more elegant about the whole thing. And, I’ve gotten really, really good at developing in Firefox and knowing how the same page is behaving in other browsers…most of the time, anyway.
Though, despite all of its awesomeness, the Mozilla builds are notoriously slow as crap on macs…I mean, they’re usable, but they get laggy and lack the “snap” my windows machine has (when it’s not busy crashing), or safari’s performance in its native OS X. Luckily, Lee’s custom builds for Intel, G5, and G4 macs fill in that gap. I just installed is Intel build, and its really the most refreshing experience my web browser has given me in a while. All of the wonders of FF2.0, but with all the snap of Safari (even gives Camino a run for its money, performance wise).
Speaking of…I have Camino installed…but I wish i could make it my primary browser, or even give it a permanent home in my dock. But its blatant lack of support for Firefox Extensions (i understand the technical limitations of why that is…its just unfortunate) makes it useless to me. Sure, pimpmycamino helps, but really, its barely a band aid.
My only complaint, really, is that something is up with tabbrowser preferences…though tabmix has been suggested as a replacement.
Notice that I didnt say a single thing about a certain blue E that recently released its 7th incarnation. I’m saving up all of my muster for that write up once i get my breath back. But its coming.
And on the topic of coming, I finally have the designs for weknowhtml.com, thanks to Dan at Enhanced Innovations. The site looks incredible…I’ve started development, and am going to work feverishly to launch with the November 1 CSS Reboot. So keep your eyes peeled for that.
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