Late Friday Mozilla Foundation let Firefox version two-point-ohhh, release candidate #2 out of the compound and into the hands of certain intrepid segments of the web dev public. This is still a "preview" release, but indications would have us believe its getting pretty darn near to the real thing. After all, one must be prudent with timing and not allow the coming IE 7 release steal all the thunder.Per Mozilla, "Web application developers, our testing community, and users who want to get a sneak peek at the next version of Firefox should download and install this release candidate."
The quick diff on release candidate two feature changes is this:
* A new theme that updates Firefox's user interface
* Built in Phishing protection
* Enhanced search engine management and search suggestions for Google, Yahoo! and Answers.com
* Improvements to tabbed browsing, including the ability to re-open recently closed tabs
* Firefox will resume from where you left off after a system crash or browser restart
* Better support for previewing and subscribing to Web feeds
* Inline spell checking in Web forms
* The ability to create bookmarks with "Live Titles" for Web sites that offer micro-summaries
* New Add-ons manager that simplifies management of extensions and themes.
* Extended search plugin format
* Enhanced Extensions framework, improving security and easing localization
* Support for client-side session and persistent storage
* Support for SVG text using svg:textPath
* New Windows installer based on the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System
Of course there are a number bug fixes, performance improvements, yada yada yada.
Users running Firefox 2 RC 1 should expect to be automatically updated to Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2 through the Software Update feature. One thing testers should not expect is that all their normal extensions, plugins and themes from previous versions of Firefox to work properly. If you're a seasoned Firefoxer, this is not news, but is one of the more painful aspects of version updates.
The build is available in over 40 languages and may be downloaded here: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/bonecho/all-rc.html.