Inside Firefox 3's Latest Beta Update, Part 1

Based on Mozilla's Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, which has been under development for 30 months, Firefox 3 beta 3 contains some 2 million lines of code changes that correct more than 12,000 issues, according to Mozilla. While Gecko is designed to support open Internet standards, version 1.9 includes redesigns for a variety of improvements.

Mozilla is up to its elbows in code as it works toward the final release of the third iteration of its Firefox Web browser.

With the launch last week of the browser's third beta version, the open source developer has given some 500,000 developers and testers the go-ahead to put the application through its paces. This latest beta is the 11th developer milestone to test the browser's core functionality and the many new features and changes Mozilla has made to the platform for Firefox 3.