Monday, May 15th 2006

Alpha 2 of Bon Echo, aka Firefox 2

The latest alpha of what is to become Firefox 2 is out. Mozillalinks has a great review of it, covering all the new features.

Writing this, I’m using one of the new features – spell check for text-boxes. It works great! This is a feature I will have a lot of use for, since I often post to forums and comment on blogs… Thank you Mozilla!

Another feature I love is the integration with online feed readers, such as Google Reader. I can set the feed handler in Firefox to automatically open feeds in Google Reader when I click an RSS link, or the RSS button in the location bar.

Of course, the new search engine manager is a welcome addition. The lack of this feature was one of the major drawbacks of earlier versions if you ask me.

The safebrowsing feature (phishing protection) which is intended to be added for Firefox 2, hasn’t yet been implemented. It will be in alpha 3.

All in all, I’m really looking forward to the final release of Firefox 2, hopefully sometime in august or september. (That’s just my guess.)

No Responses to this post:

  1. ogirtd says:

    Bon Echo looks very nice. I like the new features.I’m just disappointed by the fact that many fixed bugs will be added to Firefox 3.0, not to 2.0, and 3 will be released at summer 2007 if I remember right.

  2. David Naylor says:

    Do you mean layout bugfixes? If so, I agree. Would have been nice to have had acid 2 compliance, for instance. Also, it would be nice to have working soft hyphens… (& shy;)

  3. ogirtd says:

    Yes, layout bugs. There are too many of them 🙁