I am writing this post with Mozilla Firefox Minefield. Minefield is like Firefox’s snapshot window to the future, and from all I can tell, it’s simply awesome. I’m playing with 3.1b2pre at the moment. All the rumors about it being faster… are generally true.
It shaved about 3 seconds off of loading CNN.com and news.google.org compared to 3.0.2 on my home broadband connection. All of my add-ons and plugins (like AdBlock-Plus and adobe flash) carried over from 3.0.2 and work. Best of all, for being an ‘alpha’, it is already pretty stable. But because it’s based on a nightly compile, I can’t promise you the same.
How To Install it on Fedora 9 to play with:
1. Download that tar.bz2 from the nightly compile site.
2. Extract it to tmp.
3. Sign in as root (‘su -‘) in a terminal.
4. As root in terminal: ‘mv /tmp/firefox /usr/lib/firefox-minefield’
5. In terminal: ‘exit’ – back to regular user
6. Close all instances of firefox.
7. As user in terminal: ‘/usr/lib/firefox-minefield/firefox-bin &’