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 releases.mozilla.org,” 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.

32 Comments

  1. Looks great. It’s got a much nicer look to the interface. The RSS feed behavior can be configured so that when you click on a feed, it brings up the live bookmark saving dialog – perfect. Safari needs live bookmarks like Firefox’s, then it would be perfect.

    Omniweb is a joke… the Ralph Nader of browsers.

  2. From what I’ve heard, it’s the same as RC3 — evidently RC3 had no final bugs that needed fixing.

    Warning to folks — since it’s so new, a lot of extensions and themes (especially themes) have not been updated to work with Firefox 2.0; if you’ve got a theme you absolutely must have, you might want to wait to install until you check and see if it’s been updated.

    So far, I’m pretty happy with it; best part is being able to close out tabs without having to go to that specific tab (similar to what Safari has). Seems to load faster on my Intel iMac, even though the previous version was supposedly Universal.

  3. Right, Firefox has no final bugs such as mangling sites like Amazon, eBay and Yahoo. Camino, which is built on the same engine, handles these sites without difficulty. Why can’t Firefox? I like Firefox’s speed but it is surprisingly rough around the edges for a version 2 product. Makes me appreciate how polished Safari is.

  4. It’s not as though Firefox 2.0 is a jack-in-the-box, suddenly appearing without warning. How hard is it for an extension writer to change a number from 1.5 to 2?

    Extensions may be Firefox’s strength, but they’re a huge weakness, too, and show that a user shouldn’t become too dependent on one or a bunch. An extension’s author can simply walk away from it. An extension’s existence is ephemeral.

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