Firefox is already plenty fast. In, it comes in just behind Safari in speed, but in this case, "slightly slower" still means "blazingly fast."
Thanks to Mozilla's pioneering work with TraceMonkey, however, Firefox is about to become even faster. Think massive performance boost.
How fast is that? Mozilla shows some early results of its efforts:
Today, but its increasing market share among Web developers suggests that it's already overtaking Internet Explorer in developer affections. With an impressive speed boost, it's very likely that this movement away from IE will become a mass exodus.
The next question would be, "What will Firefox do with its market dominance?" Unlike Microsoft, which sat on its hands as soon as IE knocked off Netscape, Mozilla is almost certainly going to keep doing what it has always done: . That's what happens when you're led by a community, not a monopolist.
I like this new overlord.