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Firefox 2.0 draws closer

Mozilla has unveiled ‘Release Candidate 1’ (RC1) of its Firefox 2.0 web browser, bringing its final ‘gold’ launch one step closer

Mozilla has unveiled ‘Release Candidate 1’ (RC1) of its Firefox 2.0 web browser, bringing its final ‘gold’ launch one step closer.

Release candidate software is essentially a finished application/program that is ready for release unless critical bugs are found during the testing period. Firms generally release one or two release candidates before declaring their software ready for general sale, or ‘gold’.

This newest Firefox version includes a ‘session restore’ feature, which will reload browser windows, tabs and downloads in the event of a crash.

2.0 also offers built-in phishing protection, which is designed to check URLs against a list of known phishing sites. (If a URL appears on this list, the browser will warn the user.) This feature is already available in Opera 9 and will be included in the upcoming Internet Explorer 7.

Mozilla said that plug-ins, themes and extensions which worked with the previous release of Firefox may not function with RC1.

Firefox RC1 is available as a 18Mbyte download for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. You can download it by clicking here.

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