Friday, January 12, 2007

Firefox 3 Plan

Mozilla has released an update to their Firefox3 wiki page which listed features/requirements that are planned to be implemented in the next release of Firefox 3 as it has been stated in the document itself:
This document sets out the feature set, product requirements and prioritization for the development and release of Firefox 3, code-named "Gran Paradiso", presently under development with an expected release in Q3 2007.

When i looked at the audience section, i was laughing at some entries, most of them are related to Microsoft, like what we had here:
End Users
* For the general consumer
* Who accesses the web
* Firefox is a web browser
* That provides the best user experience
* Unlike Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera and Apple Safari
* Our product is open, secure, intuitive, customizable, privacy-sensitive and innovative

Developers
* For content producers, software companies and web application developers
* Who want to deliver services and innovate on the web
* Firefox is a web browser with a highly extensible platform
* That provides the most flexible, easy-to-try, standards-compliant? architecture
* Unlike Microsoft Internet Explorer (and associated Windows technologies)
* Our product offers the most open, secure, standards compliant and easy-to-implement environment

Distributors
* For potential distributors such as search engines, portals, ISPs, ISVs, web sites, PC OEMs and companies, member organizations or affinity groups
* Who wish to expand the reach of their services or engage their community
* Firefox is a web browser with flexible customization and distribution capabilities
* That provides the most straightforward, easy-to-use toolkit and business terms
* Unlike Microsoft Internet Explorer/IEAK
* Our product is {TBD}

Enterprise Users
* For the enterprise user
* Who accesses the web
* Firefox is a web browser
* That provides the best user experience from a corporate environment
* Unlike Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera and Apple Safari
* Our product is the most open, secure, standards compliant, intuitive and innovative browser

This page also listed some big feature list, but unfortunately, making firefox faster and fixing memory leaks (Firefox sometimes reported to consumes too much resources) are not listed there.

Well, Firefox release is always phenomenal, so let's just wait for the release of Firefox 3 (aka Gran Paradiso).

Update (13 January 2007 08:25 AM): Firefox 3 will also be an independent information broker rather than a simple HTML renderer in its next version. Here's the idea illustrated in images (Reference):