As anticipated for some while, Mozilla is expected to release the first alpha of Firefox 2.0 for public testing according to today's status meeting minutes. Expected changes include among other new updates, Places infrastructure (performance, stability, toolbar drag & drop), Extension Blacklisting, Search Plugin Format Changeover, and Spell-As-You-Type (english only). This release should follow within three to four days.
News source: Digg
News source: Mozilla