Firefox 1.5 RC1

Album Cover: Life After Death

"While your gun's raisin', mine is blazin'."
The Notorious B.I.G. / I Love the Dough

Posted on November 03, 2005 11:16 PM in Browsers
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As most of you know (or should know), Firefox 1.5 RC1 was released this week. If you're like me and have been putting off upgrading from Firefox 1.0.x, you should seriously reconsider. I downloaded the release candidate tonight more because I wanted to see what it was going to take to bring my GrayModern theme up-to-date than anything else, but now I'm really, really glad I did. Firefox 1.5 is much faster than its predecessor, and the fast back/forward change alone is worth the download. Tab reordering is darn cool too (just click on a tab and drag it to a different location).

What's more, installing the new version was extremely simple and flawless. I didn't have to uninstall Firefox 1.0.x beforehand, I didn't have to back up my bookmarks (even though I did), and I didn't have to worry about duplicate entries in my Add/Remove Programs dialog because Firefox was smart enough to clean the old entry up and cover up all its tracks.

I've only been using the release candidate for about a half hour, but I am thoroughly impressed (if you couldn't tell). My one complaint about Firefox has always been that it didn't feel quite as fast as Opera, but I don't think I am going to be able to complain about that any more.

Kudos go out to Ben, Blake, Asa and the countless others who've put their heart and soul into this new iteration that everyone is going to love.

Comments

Ryan McElroy on November 06, 2005 at 10:41 AM:

Whoops, wrong post. I like Firefox 1.5 -- thanks for letting me know about it. I rely on you for this kind of information, so don't expect me to know before you mention it. My other commetn (In the Chewbacca post) probably won't make too much sense; sorry.

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