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gookie
July 9th, 2006, 03:25 PM
Firefox 2.0 Beta 1

Saw this on digg:
http://www.digg.com/software/Firefox_2.0_Beta_1_Release_Candidate_Now_Available

Tried it on Ubuntu 6.06 and it's definitely alot faster! Less laggy and the long pages scrolls smoothly :) Alot of extensions though aren't compatible yet with this release.

Anyone tried it yet?

atoponce
July 9th, 2006, 03:43 PM
Haven't tried it yet, but will. Thanks for the link. The reason the extensions aren't compatible yet, are because of the 2,0 version number. You can manually edit that, however, to make them work.

BWF89
July 9th, 2006, 04:08 PM
and the long pages scrolls smoothly :) Alot of extensions though aren't compatible yet with this release.
I don't like it when things scroll smoothly. Hopefully they'll have an option if you want them to scroll the regular way.

_simon_
July 9th, 2006, 05:22 PM
Just trying it now... apart from adding a close button to each tab I can't see any real difference yet.

I know it's not final but I'm disapointed to see there is still no option to have the download manager open in a tab rather than a separate box :( - is there an extension to do this? I can't find one if there is...

Edit: found a "tweak" to do it: http://dmextension.mozdev.org/index.html

gookie
July 9th, 2006, 06:22 PM
I'm running dapper on a P3 450mhz and the original FF on it is so laggy, e.g. switching tabs, there's always a small but still annoying delay. While on this new FF2 beta1, everything is considerably fast and snappy. Same with scrolling, which btw I intend "fast scrolling" when I said "smooth", and not actually the feature of "smooth scrolling."

The tab handling has been enhanced too. I dont even have TabMix Plus installed anymore (not compatible, there should be a work around, but havent got into) and yet it behaves quite well that I dont see the use of the extension anymore (well, prolly for "undo close tab").

And yes, this beta has a Session Saver built in.

I noticed it has an integrated spell checker...Am I seeing that right? I'm actually being corrected now as I type on this reply box of our forum. Kewl I'd say!

FF 2 is not feature rich. I think their main objective was to address performance issues that were left out on 1.5, clean that out and have a faster browsing experience on the next release...

_simon_
July 9th, 2006, 06:27 PM
Ok now I am loving the auto spell check, that is a very cool feature and something Opera doesn't have!

Shame the download manager tweak I found doesn't work with this beta version :(

Derek Djons
July 9th, 2006, 06:33 PM
Thank you for sharing. As soon as I am done with some work I will gonna install it and try it out.

Kobalt
July 9th, 2006, 06:36 PM
It is really faster than 1.5.0.3 ... The spell check seems only in english but it's a start ! I hope there will be more add-ons in the next release ...

woedend
July 9th, 2006, 06:36 PM
@BWF - smooth scrolling is an option.

_simon_
July 9th, 2006, 06:38 PM
Here's the development schedule if anyone is interested:

http://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox2/Schedule



Beta 1 June 2006 Feature Frozen

* all feature work is complete, including UI
* all strings are complete and available for l10n to start
* intended for beta users

Beta 2 July 2006 Product Frozen

* based on feedback from Beta 1
* all feature work is complete, including UI
* all strings are frozen
* intended for beta users

RC 1 August 2006 Release Candidate

* based on bugfixes from Beta 2
* should represent final product
* intended for wide audience of early adopters

RC 2 August 2006 Release Candidate (if needed)

* based on bugfixes from RC 1
* should represent final product
* intended for wide audience of early adopters

FX 2 August 2006 Final Release

* based on bugfixes from RC 2

Rackerz
July 9th, 2006, 06:40 PM
So do you guys recommend installing it? Are all major bugs out of it? What do I do to get 1.5.0.4 back on Dapper?

FredB
July 9th, 2006, 06:55 PM
This is not the real beta1, it is a release candidate for beta 1. Beta1 won't be out until next week, and at least next tuesday.

http://developer.mozilla.org/devnews/index.php/2006/06/27/bon-echo-beta-1-code-freeze-moves-to-july-5/

And it will be targetted to TESTERS not to end users.

Lord Illidan
July 9th, 2006, 07:15 PM
Hohoo.. I am gonna try it. I tried out BonEcho 2, and 3 (alpha versions), and I liked them, but they were a bit unstable. Let's see what this baby can do!

Derek Djons
July 9th, 2006, 07:42 PM
I've installed it at the moment under Mac OS X. It's working faster indeed. But I found something strange:

When using the Bookmark Managing utility everything goes to wish. I can sort them alphabetically and it looks lovely. However, when I return to the browsers main screen and navigate to a bookmark the whole list isn't alphabetically displayed. From experience I know that under Windows and Linux you can simply click while navigation and choose again to sort everything by name. Under Mac OS X it doesn't work. Bug? :-)

gookie
July 9th, 2006, 11:15 PM
So I was wrong. FF 2 RC Beta1 has "undo close tab" feature! Awesome.

Check out for these early tweaks (found via digg).

http://tech.cybernetnews.com/2006/07/09/how-to-tweak-firefox-20-beta-1/

;)

WildTangent
July 9th, 2006, 11:52 PM
I have been using alpha 3 for a couple months now, but I just installed the newest version.

-Wild

NeoChaosX
July 13th, 2006, 04:59 AM
Beta 1 is now officially out (http://www.mozilla.org/projects/bonecho/releases/2.0b1.html).

Go crazy, folks.

manicka
July 13th, 2006, 06:27 AM
i still find Swiftfox a better bet at this stage

FredB
July 13th, 2006, 08:41 AM
Just trying it now... apart from adding a close button to each tab I can't see any real difference yet.

Do you really look everywhere ?

Don't you notice : undo close tab ? session restore ? Phishing fighting option ? Search suggestion ?

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/bonecho/index-2.0b1.html



I know it's not final but I'm disapointed to see there is still no option to have the download manager open in a tab rather than a separate box :( - is there an extension to do this? I can't find one if there is...

For this one, ok.



Edit: found a "tweak" to do it: http://dmextension.mozdev.org/index.html

Well, I don't like this, if you, so it is good ;)

FredB
July 13th, 2006, 08:43 AM
i still find Swiftfox a better bet at this stage

If you say so. Switfox is only :

- firefox 1.5.0.x + -O3 optimization + xforms (which site use it ?) + a new set of icons and logos

So what is better ? :-k

FredB
July 13th, 2006, 08:47 AM
Here's the development schedule if anyone is interested:

http://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox2/Schedule

Dates given are ideal, not the real ones :)



Beta 1 June 2006 Feature Frozen

* all feature work is complete, including UI
* all strings are complete and available for l10n to start
* intended for beta users

There will maybe be a tweak or two more on UI and engine. But translated version seems to be well done ;)



Beta 2 July 2006 Product Frozen

* based on feedback from Beta 1
* all feature work is complete, including UI
* all strings are frozen
* intended for beta users

Let's say beginning of august, so ;)



RC 1 August 2006 Release Candidate

* based on bugfixes from Beta 2
* should represent final product
* intended for wide audience of early adopters

RC 2 August 2006 Release Candidate (if needed)

* based on bugfixes from RC 1
* should represent final product
* intended for wide audience of early adopters

FX 2 August 2006 Final Release

* based on bugfixes from RC 2

End of August, beginning of September, I will say.

So, with a little luck, for mid-september ?!

And it will be available so for Edgy Eft !

fuscia
July 13th, 2006, 09:14 AM
Alot of extensions though aren't compatible yet with this release.


have you tried version bumping for any of them?

phantomreaper
July 13th, 2006, 09:14 AM
Such optimisim, keep it up

slimdog360
July 13th, 2006, 09:50 AM
wow it really is a lot faster. I love it so far.