Firefox 1.5 beta released to public
Friday, September 9, 2005
New or improved features cited by the company:
- Quicker navigation
- Drag-and-drop reordering of browser tabs
- New design for the options panel
- RSS discovery
- Error pages, instead of dialogs.
Many current and potential security issues have been fixed and the new version offers a more secure "Safe Mode". Privacy improvements include a "Clear Private Data" feature. The browser's pop-up blocker now prevents Macromedia Flash from creating pop-up ads.
After updating to 1.5, further updates should be easier, as users can use the program's new "Software Update", which now can download binary patches, which are much smaller than the complete install programs used in the past.
Most Mac OS X (10.2 and up) users will now be able to copy their settings from Apple's own browser, Safari, and market leader Internet Explorer. Microsoft Windows and most version of Linux are supported, as before.
As beta software, Firefox 1.5b1 is primarily for testing and checking to ensure no major bugs exist. Mozilla intends to release a second beta version (1.5b2) before the final, stable public version (1.5).
With the upgrade to Firefox 1.5 (beta) from 1.06, many of the plugins supported by 1.0+ will be disabled.
A note on version numbers
1.5 will supplant the current 1.0.7 as the most up-to-date version of Firefox. 1.5 was originally to be numbered 1.1, but after significant changes were made, beyond the intended roadmap, the version number was changed.
Chris Beard, head of products and marketing at Mozilla, told TechWorld "We've had a pretty successful year following the launch of Firefox 1.0 and we're continuing to see very strong demand."
- Tom Espiner. "Firefox 1.5 beta hits the Web" — , September 9, 2005
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