BrendanW, commented on our Firefox 3 Download article. He has got a very good analysis capability. I liked his analysis so I’m putting his analysis as an article rather than a comment. This is what he says:
Even as an avid and vocal Opera user, I have to admit that it seems Mozilla did a very nice job with the new version. While the verdict isn’t out on many of the performance benchmarks, it is doing significantly better than FF2 did. As an example, FF3 is currently besting Opera 9.5 on the memory usage benchmarks with regards to single/small amounts of tabbed browsing. Opera has been the king of having a small memory footprint for quite some time, but it looks like Firefox has made huge leaps in that department.
The verdict isn’t out yet on whether or not its a good thing, as some are suspecting Firefox to be using more hard drive access and more CPU usage. After that, some are also arguing Opera still provides better performance for its memory, as it is saving into RAM the immediate history of your current tabs (to make forward/backward navigation faster). At any rate, both of them are significantly doing better than Internet Explorer 7 in terms of performance; your move Microsoft.