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Called TraceMonkey, the technology adds native code compilation to the engine, which itself is called SpiderMonkey, said Mike Shaver, Mozilla vice president of engineering, in a blog post on Friday. The software builds on code and ideas shared with the Tamarin Tracing project, Shaver said.
TraceMonkey was placed in the Firefox 3.1 development tree this week. It is slated to be featured in Firefox 3.1, which is due to be available the end of this year.
The project still is early in development, though.
“We have bugs to fix, and an enormous number of optimizations still to choose from, but we’re charging full speed ahead on the work we need to do for this to be a part of Firefox 3.1,” Shaver said. “Depending on the benchmarks you choose, you might see massive speed-up, minor speed-up, or maybe even some slowdown — those latter cases are definitely bugs and reporting them through bugzilla will be a big help.”
TraceMonkey supports x86, x86-64, and ARM. “This means we are ready for mobile and desktop target platforms out of the box,” Eich said.
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The competitor to Windows says its browser is the most stable browser on the market.
A new version of Mozilla’s popular Firefox Web browser is ready for download with improved security and memory use as the tiny company takes a stab at Microsoft Corp’s dominant Internet Explorer.
The program’s creators told Reuters on Thursday that the privately-held company’s trial version of Firefox 3 browser is ready for the masses to use after months of development.
Until now, the company has discouraged average Internet users from moving on from Firefox 2, which was launched in October 2006.
“In many ways it (Firefox 3) is much more stable than anything else out there,” Mozilla Corp Vice President of Engineering Mike Schroepfer said in an interview.
Key rivals to Firefox are market leader Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Apple Inc’s Safari browser.
Engineers at Mozilla are still putting the finishing touches on the software and hope to release the final version of Firefox 3 by the end of June, Schroepfer said.
Mozilla is in a battle with Microsoft, which unveiled an experimental version of its Internet Explorer 8 in Las Vegas earlier this month and is looking to expand its presence on the Web through its bid to acquire Yahoo Inc.
Additions boost security and allow users to run Web sites when they are not connected to the Internet. Mozilla also says Firefox 3 uses less computer memory than Firefox 2.
Until now Mozilla has discouraged the typical computer user from exploring these new features. But its developers said on Thursday that the situation has changed and that they will be revising their Web site.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Web site still stated: “We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 beta 4 milestone release. It is intended for testing purposes only.”
But they said that as they concluded their fourth round of tweaking their software, they determined it was ready for prime time.
A fifth round of changes, due to begin within the next few weeks, will involve “tuning the visual look and feel of the program” and further improving its stability,” Schroepfer said.
On the heels of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1, released by Microsoft the past week following the keynote address at MIX08, Mozilla has made available the fourth beta of Firefox 3.0. Just like IE8 Beta 1, Firefox 3.0 Beta 4 has a strong focus on developers, with Mozilla stressing the fact that the build is designed for testing purposes only, and not for general use. But just think of Beta 4 as yet another step on the Firefox 3.0 beta saga. An epic that has reached its 12th chapter after four Beta and 8 Alpha development milestones. At this point in time, Mozilla is already hard at work planning its next step, namely Firefox 3.0 Beta 5.
Firefox 3.0 Beta 4 can be downloaded from HERE.
- Firefox 3 Nightly (PGO Optimized): 7263.8ms
- Firefox 3 Nightly (02/25/2008 build): 8219.4ms
- Opera 9.5.9807 Beta: 10824.0ms
- Firefox 3 Beta 3: 16080.6ms
- Safari 3.0.4 Beta: 18012.6ms
- Firefox 184.108.40.206: 29376.4ms
- Internet Explorer 7: 72375.0ms
Itâ€™s important to know that every time you run the SunSpider Benchmark it conducts each test five times, and the result is the average of the five tests. So it is a rather thorough test, and definitely shows off the speed improvements that Firefox 3 is going to be bringing to the table.
Firefox 3 Beta 4 is expected to be released in the next few weeks, and you can expect to see these (and many more) improvements shining through!