Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is out. It’s nice to have the cute little fox icon back again – the Deer Park alpha builds used the unofficial branding.
Other things that are new since Deer Park Alpha 2 (and that I have noticed after a couple of minutes):
- The web feed icon now appears to the right of the address bar, not in the status bar – a bit like in Safari
- New error pages – they look much nicer now, and better than the error messages of before.
- The ‘Sanitize’ function is now called ‘Clear Private Data’
- The menus now more closely match the Windows theme in XP
- The Extensions dialog has a ‘Find Updates’ button, which instead of launching a wizard shows the update process inline. Unfortunately only one of my extensions is compatible with this beta (mozCC) – I’ll have to wait for the rest.
And of course there’s all of the other improvements that came with the alpha builds – new options dialog, better software updates, drag’n’drop re-ordering of tabs and more responsive back/forward buttons. If you’re happy running beta software, give it a go – the alphas have been very stable for me and the beta looks good so far.
Update: As you may be aware, most versions of Firefox are vunerable to a security hole caused by a buffer overflow that can lead to arbitrary code execution. There is a preliminary patch available already, which at the moment just disables support for IDN, however if you would rather not install it you can manually disable IDN by typing about:config into the address bar, finding the option called network.enableIDN, right-clicking it and selecting ‘Toggle’ to disable it, then restarting Firefox. A proper patch that keeps IDN enabled and closes the hole is apparently on its way.