This morning, I noticed on my Google Reader feeds that Firefox 3.1 Alpha has been released. It’s called Shiretoko! Of course it’s an Alpha and you probably don’t want to test it. I do though, and maybe someone might actually want to test with me.
If you’re wild enough to try an Alpha version of anything, you don’t want it to mess with your work too much, which means messing with the normal stable friendly firefox 3.0.1 you have right now. How are you supposed to work around that? Use the code below! (If you’re on windows.)
start “” “C:\Program Files\Shiretoko\firefox.exe” -p
My Shiretoko installation was at that path, but your path may be different; change it to suit your system. Basically, the code above is put into a bat file and clicked on. It’ll open a windows command prompt for a second then close, then bring up the firefox profile manager.
Why use profiles when testing? What if Shiretoko decides to eat your bookmarks? Well, that can’t happen if you’re not using the profile with your beloved bookmarks. Simply use the Profile Creation Wizard in the Profile Manager. It’s really handy. That will create a brand-new-out-of-the-box Firefox for you to use and mess with!
Hope this encourages someone to test Alphas of Firefox.