Firefox 2.0 released early

“The final version of Mozilla Firefox 2.0 was slated for release tomorrow, but appears to already be available for download via,” MacNN reports. “Firefox 2.0 features built-in anti-phishing controls, built-in RSS and XML feed-viewing capabilities, and a new inline spell checker. Further Firefox 2.0 features include the ability to create bookmarks with “Live Titles” for websites that offer “microsummaries,” a new Add-ons manager that simplifies management of extensions as well as themes, and support for Javascript 1.7.”

Download link for Firefox 2.0 for Mac OS X  here.


  1. Hopefully, this new version will address the issue of memory leakage I’ve experienced with *both* Firefox 1.5 and Safari 2.

    Just reading my news sites, opening lots of tabs and slowly working through them can result in a serious memory footprint. (I reached 1.9 GB a few days ago.) I have to close and restart the browser at least once every few days to keep things from crawling.

  2. Are you guys sure this is the 2.0 final?

    I downloaded Firefox 2.0 RC3 at the end of last week, it was built on 10-10-2006.

    I used this link to download the 2.0 final, and the build date in my about box is the same.

    Is this correct or is there a plist file or something I need to delete? (Never had to delete one before for prior updates).

    I trashed and emptied trash for the Firefox RC3 application prior to this install, as always.

    Please advise and give an update. Thanks!

  3. Budman,

    Probably means RC3 was chosen as the final version. Same thing happens with all software, including OS X.

    Remember 4K78 and the version without the debug code anyone!!

    Those were the days.

  4. Anti-phishing means that the browser will check the url against known phising sites and alert the user. A phishing site is a web page made to look authentic, say like a PayPal or Ebay login page, but it’s url is originating somewhere in Russia. You login thinking your at Ebay or PayPal and you just gave hackers the credentials to your account. It’s really just a way to help users pay attention.

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