Mozilla Firefox 1.5 RC1

Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 has come and gone without a word from me. To catch you up, all but two of my fifteen extensions are working now: ReloadEvery and Wikipedia. Someone on my earlier post mentioned they had a working copy of ReloadEvery, but I may just end up removing it from my extension list. I’ve survived without it for this long. Anyway, I didn’t start this post to talk about Beta 2.

I’m excited to announce that Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 1 is available! If no glaring bugs are found in the release candidate, it should become the live release within a week or two.

I haven’t found anything really new in RC1. It’s pretty much just a cleaned up version of Betas 1 and 2. In case you didn’t read my last post, the new features include an improved options panel, faster back and forward navigation, a slick new auto-updater, shiny new error pages, a new “clear private data” dialog, and drag-n-drop browser tabs. I’m excited for this to be coming out of beta so I can recommend it to all my friends. It really is a marked improvement over the 1.0.x series.

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  • Does it use less memory then the 1.0.x line? My big gripe with it in the past is how much RAM it sucks up.
    Here it is in Top:

    PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
    5519 james 15 0 100m 26m 31m S 4.6 42.8 1:15.85 firefox-bin

    As you can see, not good on a system with only 64mb ram. ;-)

  • I’m wary of upgrading until all my favorite extentions do, too. Plus, there’s always some bugs waiting to be awoken.

  • Heh. My school computers have IE. I like the popup blocker spoof. :P

    Sorry about the double post.