Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2 (RC 2), the latest preview release of the next version of the Firefox browser, is now available for download. 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. Please note that at this time, users should not expect all of their extensions, plugins and themes from previous versions of Firefox to work properly.
Firefox 2 RC2 has only been out a little while, and it seems like the reviews are so far all positive. The only disappointment I have seen across the board is the way it handles RSS feeds, but hey – I am sure they will get better with time. If not, that is the beauty of Firefox, somebody can write an extension to fix it if they don’t like it. With that said, I figured you would all enjoy taking a look at the side by side comparisons arstechnica did of RC1 and RC2 of Firefox 2.
Beyond IE, lalala far from Opera
Go on, Mozilla, with the Internet
Mozilla is good, lalala child of the org
Open-Sourced, Mighty Mozilla
Open a new tab, lalala watching new mail
OK, Mozilla, no more freezing
Mozilla is right, lalala child of the org
Gecko-powered, Mighty Mozilla
On a Macintosh, lalala Linux, of course
Everyday, Mozilla, keeping the standard
Mozilla is fun, lalala child of the org
Everyone’s friend, Mighty Mozilla
Yes, it looks like even the folks over at eWeek are trying to spread the fear, uncertainty and doubt about Firefox 2 RC2 with their latest article titled, “Firefox 2.0 RC2 Is a Step… Backwards?“. Now with a title like that, you would expect to hear they took out tabbed browsing, or the new styled RSS feeds. No, they moan about a couple of features I didn’t even know Firefox 2 had – over I never used.
Shame on Jim Rapoza and eWeek.com for trying to get more eyeballs with a Chicken Little headline.
I have yet another extension that allows you to do something quick and easy inside of a quick and easy extension. It is a perfect match, don’t you think? Paste and Go 2 allows you to cut or copy a URL, and then launch it as soon as you paste it into the address bar.
Now there is no saying that the adaptiveblue Firefox extension is not one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. The folks behind the magic are pretty awesome as well. I just caught wind of this interview with Alex Iskold and I thought it gave a pretty good insight on what it takes to create such a project.
Ever wanted to see things on your Web site in the same context as the Google Bot does as it is crawling your Web pages? Well, thanks to this article and a little user agent switching – you can do just that.
The search engines index your website by using their bots which are also called crawlers or spiders. And these bots do nothing but visits the URLs and check your links and visits those links too. The keywords on the pages are indexed and recording all keywords it can find* and including it in the indexed information.
Need a new Firefox theme? The Modern Pinball theme is one that I really like because it does not try to distract me too much. Some themes are so active it is hard to focus on the Web site I am looking at. Modern Pinball keeps things pretty without demanding my attention.
The Modern Pinball theme is designed to please the eye without being distracting, and to be usable without wasting screen real estate. It provides a consistent modern look across operating systems, including MacOS, Linux and Windows.
Come on, you know you need something to do while killing time at the office. You know you want to play Pacman inside of your favorite orange and blue browser. Adding Firefox and Pacman together is like peanut butter and jelly. They are two great flavors that just seem to go together.
Not yet sure what Greasemonkey is all about? Here is one nice guide to get you started.
Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows you to write scripts that alter the web pages you visit. You can use it to make a website more readable or more usable. You can fix bugs that the site owner can’t be bothered to fix themselves.