Preview build of Firefox with Mac OS X-native controls released

Apple Store“Mozilla developer Josh Aas has released a preview build of Firefox that’s equipped with native Mac OS X form controls,” Macworld UK reports.

“The experimental build is currently only available for Intel-based Macs, though a PowerPC version is promised,” Macworld UK reports.

“The developer wants to enable native form controls in the trunk builds of Firefox within the next few weeks, meaning that they should make it into Firefox 3,” Macworld UK reports.

Full article, with link, here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s nice to see one of Firefox’s big minuses on Mac OS X finally addressed.

36 Comments

  1. This is good. Apple needs the competition. I mean Safari is good but it doesn’t hurt for us to have a viable option.

    Also there are websites where one gets ‘ your browser is not suppported’ Almost always Firefox is one that is, and having Firefox as an option allowed me to get on with it.

    Firefox isn’t as elegant as Safari, but it works, and it was very snappy on my G5 Imac. Nice to see Firefox put some resources into it!

  2. Actually, I don’t mind MS advertising. Think of it this way: a Mac site is milking MS for ad money that is doing absolutely nothing for them. They say “we can get you that many eyeballs per month” and stupid MS ad men buy ad space. Ultimately, how many of us are clicking through the MS ads? Maybe zero? Nothing feels better than MS’s money wasted…

  3. @Jim,

    I’m with you on this. I’ve got a three year old PowerBook. It is the down side of buying into such an ‘innovation-driven’ product line. You buy in, and if you don’t have the money to keep upgrading to the newest equipment, you very quickly get left behind.

    Mind you, I’m not really complaining, just noting a truth about Apple. I still like my PowerBook, and like the hardware, I don’t really need the absolute latest software either. I’ll drive this system into the ground . . and then, I’ll buy another Mac. By then, maybe they’ll be on their 7th or 8th CPU architecture.

  4. @ Tergenev

    Glad someone agrees with me!

    I love my PowerBook, it still looks brand new and performs very very well, I’ve just got CS3 Design Standard installed on it, loaded with 2GB of RAM and I just can’t justify selling it, because it works so well.

    I guess if I had a MacBook Pro I’d be like all the other Intel Mac owners, telling people like me to upgrade!

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