Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 1 Available for Testing

Wednesday September 27th, 2006

Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download. This preview of the next version of Firefox browser is aimed at Web Application Developers, testers and early adopters.

For more information, refer to the Release Notes.

#11 Nice but nothing to write home about

by jilles

Thursday September 28th, 2006 1:01 AM

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Currently I'm running 2.0 at home and 1.5 at work. I hardly notice any difference. If you liked 1.5 you'll find yourself comfortable using 2.0. On the other hand, 2.0 is unlikely to have much important features that you can't get in 1.5 (i.e. I don't really miss 2.0 at work). There's of course some nice incremental changes in 2.0 but nothing to write home about. Most of the improvements you can get by installing extensions in 1.5 (e.g. all the tab stuff, spell checking, session restore, rss rendering, etc). That doesn't mean it isn't nice to have all those features properly integrated. Overall it doesn't look like a full year (I was running 1.5 beta's/RCs around this time last year) of development to me and that isn't surprising because most of the developers have been working on 3.0 where all of the more interesting things are happening it seems.

Also, I'm not enthousiastic about the new look. But then the previous theme wasn't that good either (kind of dull and icons are poorly designed). The main feature of the new theme seems to be that it is different, not that it is better. To be honest, it seems a bit like a rushed job motivated primarily by a need to defend the 0.5 version increment (why else would it have been landed after the feature freeze). However, it's good enough that I won't install a third party theme. The discussion about the version number is of course not really worth the trouble, so lets move on and get 3.0 going.