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by Mike Zazaian September 26, 2006 - 12:57pm, 2 Comments

Firefox 2 RC1 Released

The Mozilla foundation has just released the latest version of its flagship Firefox browser, a near-finished release with just a few fit and finish issues.

After an expedient beta cycle Mozilla has just put out the first release candidate of Firefox 2, the next edition of their popular browser. While Firefox 2 RC1 is only available in non-executable binary form for now, full builds of the new operating system will be released this evening at 3pm Pacific Standard Time.

In addition to some sleek new interface updates, the Firefox 2 promises to be faster, and includes the much-touted built in spell-checking, which checks spelling in web forms on the fly. There are also some added security and anti-phishing features which are wholly welcome after Symantec’s statement yesterday that Firefox 1.5 is the industry leader in security flaws, with 47 known bugs. Firefox 2 will obviously bring its own set of vulnerabilities and holes, but hopefully the problems announced by Symantec will be provisioned for through the release candidate cycle.

While I’ve been hopping back and forth between Firefox 1.5.0.7 and Firefox 2 beta 2 for daily usage, Firefox 2 doesn’t support many useful extensions at present, and therefore isn’t very useful as a primary browser. By the time the final release rolls along, however, Firefox 2 will be a much welcomed addition to the Mozlla family, as in addition to new features it seems to deal a couple of problematic crash issues that came new with later versions of 1.5.0.x.

Check back at 3pm PST for details on the official RC1 build release and download information.