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Customized beta for Firefox 3.1 brings even greater performance to Intel Macs

Although Firefox 3.0.6 brings greater stability and performance to those who are not intimidated by using applications in beta stage, many are still waiting for version 3.1 to be officially released, as it promises to be even faster than it is today. The problem is that the recent delays in the development of the new beta 3 have made the official availability forecast for the new browser impossible to determine, and so far the only alternative for those who want a faster version of Firefox to migrate to beta 2, released a long time ago.

Firefox 3.1

For all Windows users and a portion of those using the Mac browser, the difference in performance from Firefox 3.0.6 to 3.1 Beta 2 is quite large, but it is important to remember that it is not optimized on Intel Macs – with reason, since one Universal torque and also needs to be compatible with PowerPC Macs, much slower. Due to these circumstances, developer Chris Latko has compiled a version Intel-only with even greater performance, thanks to a series of internal improvements.

That buildcustomized distributed under the same license as Mozilla and the notable increase in speed: it is twice as fast as the official version of Firefox 3.1 Beta 2, with the help of the native inclusion of TraceMonkey for compiling JavaScript codes. In addition, it comes very close to the performance of the latest preview of WebKit, used in Safari 4.0 and Chrome 2.0, bringing an absurd speed. In the graph below, you can see how the version created by Chris (Shiretoko (B) w / TraceMonkey) comes close to WebKit:

Browser Race

If you are interested in testing the beta version made by him, it is available here (10.2MB).