Firefox 2.0 RC2 Review

Here is a great write-up on Firefox 2.0 RC2 from ars technica.

Numerous elements of the user interface have received a considerable stylistic overhaul. Although these changes are primarily aesthetic in nature, several alterations also affect usability. First present in the second beta release, the initial modifications suffered from several minor deficiencies that made the whole thing look rather awkward, particularly on Linux. Most of the problems introduced by the visual changes were resolved in the first release candidate. In RC1 and RC2, the various elements of the URL bar finally have a consistent size and shape. Unfortunately, the green arrow button is difficult to remove from URL bar, but it can be accomplished by hitting about:config and tweaking the browser.urlbar.hideGoButton, changing it to “true.” The magnifying glass button in the search bar appears impossible to remove.

Looking for all of the new features added?

  • Visual Refresh
  • Built-in phishing protection
  • Enhanced search capabilities
  • Improved tabbed browsing
  • Resuming your browsing session
  • Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds: Users can decide how to handle Web feeds.
  • Inline spell checking
  • Live Titles
  • Improved Add-ons manager
  • JavaScript 1.7
  • Extended search plug-in format
  • Updates to the extension system
  • Client-side session and persistent storage
  • SVG text: Support for the svg:textpath specification enables SVG text to follow a curve or shape.
  • New Windows installer

Check the Release notes for a full description, and get the latest version here. Check here for the latest extensions and themes and the knowledge base for more useful information. If you are having trouble after upgrading, you may be having trouble with an extension or a theme, so start Firefox in safe mode by going to run and entering this command: firefox.exe -safe-mode. When started in safe mode all extensions are disabled and it used the default theme. Happy and safe browsing.