Mozilla Firefox 3.0 RC2

This second Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.

Firefox 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 34 months. Building on the previous release, Gecko 1.9 has more than 14,000 updates including some major re-architecting to provide improved performance, stability, rendering correctness, and code simplification and sustainability. Firefox 3 has been built on top of this new platform resulting in a more secure, easier to use, more personal product with a lot more under the hood to offer website and Firefox add-on developers.

View: Mozilla Firefox 3 RC2 Main Page
View: Mozilla Firefox 3 RC2 Release Notes

Downloads (via official distributed mirrors):
Mozilla Firefox 3 RC2 English Windows | 7.15 MB
Mozilla Firefox 3 RC2 English Mac OS X | 17.17 MB
Mozilla Firefox 3 RC2 English Linux | 8.66 MB

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I think I'd much rather have the old style back/forward drop down buttons than the new single button that shows your place in the history, but that's just me. Also, this feels a bit more like IE7 as far as the menus go. The style of the back/forward buttons, the single drop down history list, the star icon in the address bar for favorites.

Hopefully someone releases a plugin for people who prefer the old drop down, and I'm sure the new address bar can be changed with CSS or a plugin.

Despite all that, I'm still happy with it. It's definitely faster than FF2 was for me, and the only way I'm uninstalling it is if a new release comes around.

if glasser would stop making the toolbar text invisible id totally switch!
but my fx2 works pretty good so i wont mess wit it

This still doesn't make sense in OS X. It's really not Cocoa, uses old GUI elements for that reason, and that Back button is one ugly thing.

At least use Cocoa, it will be a lot faster and consistent with the rest of the OS.

it's really nice! I did notice a nice improvement in startup and overall speed. the Mozilla guys are taking the right steps. they also fixed some bugs with some pluggins (download statusbar, for an example). this could easily be the final version.

I love it, but... I don't see why some people are ragging on RC1. I can't tell the difference; RC1 was an excellent release as well. Maybe there's more of a speed improvement on PCs that don't have very much "horsepower?"

RC1 went downhill from beta 5 IMO but RC2 seems to be a major improvement - speed and stability wise.

Go Firefox!

it's a lot faster than RC1 on mac here. so they're doing a good job, can't wait for final release.

yeah i know... im going to finally stop installing it to the default beta4 folder it keeps installing to and do a clean install of the Firefox 3 when it becomes final for good measure ;)

p.s. im on a pc though.

been using it since beta 3 or 4 and it's been great ;)

'overall' best browser out there in my opinion... it's only 'real' competition is Opera i think.

I though UB was the name for the binary with both PPC and intel-based x86 code? Semantics? Sorry.. just wanted to clear it up in *my* mind!!

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I though UB was the name for the binary with both PPC and intel-based x86 code? Semantics? Sorry.. just wanted to clear it up in *my* mind!!

You're correct.

Go figure, I recently downloaded RC1 so they release RC2 :P oh well, just have to download this now I have to say, I'm really liking it now (when I first tried Firefox 3.0 I wasn't that impressed and put 2.0 back on)

was about to post this myself.

It starts quite alot quicker than RC1 for me, especially with lots of windows saved from last time, much quicker for that:)