Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Ready for Download

By David Morgenstern  |  Posted 2005-11-29 Print this article Print

As the open-source browser is released, the programming team starts to refine its Version 2.0 roadmap.

After many rounds of beta candidates, the open-source Firefox 1.5 browser was offered for download to the masses late Tuesday. Not resting on its laurels, however, the Mozilla Foundation programming team is now eyeing the feature set for Version 2.0. The anticipated Version 1.5 offers performance gains, usability enhancements and support for new Web graphics standards through a beefier version of the Gecko layout engine. On the security front, the update offers a new "safe mode" for enhanced protection against potential threats and daily, automated checks for security updates. says Firefox 1.5 is still "lean, mean, fast, and clean." Click here to read the full review.
According to Firefox Lead Engineer Ben Goodger, Release 2.0 will provide "significant improvements to the user interface." While apologizing in his Weblog for the long development time for Version 1.5, he said the focus in Tuesdays release was in "developing various underlying sections of the application to provide a better overall user experience." According to the Firefox product planning wiki, the targeted release for Version 2.0 is July 27, 2006. However, some onlookers in Mozilla message boards described the proposed schedule as "ambitious." However, Goodger said the new timetable is still under development. On the Mozilla site, the download page for Firefox offers versions in 39 languages running on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux on Intel 686 platforms. Launched about a year ago, the Mozilla browser is now used by an estimated 45 million individual users. Mozilla Corp. in October said that the software had been downloaded 100 million times. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
David Morgenstern is Executive Editor/Special Projects of eWEEK. Previously, he served as the news editor of Ziff Davis Internet and editor for Ziff Davis' Storage Supersite.

In 'the days,' he was an award-winning editor with the heralded MacWEEK newsweekly as well as eMediaweekly, a trade publication for managers of professional digital content creation.

David has also worked on the vendor side of the industry, including companies offering professional displays and color-calibration technology, and Internet video.

He can be reached here.


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