Firefox 3.5 RC2 Public Preview Release for Beta Testers
Article by George Norman
On 22 Jun 2009
Firefox 3.5 RC2 has been rolled out by the Mozilla Foundation as a public preview release that is meant to be put through its paces by the testing community – according to Mozilla, there are about 800,000 Firefox 3.5 Beta testers out there. Firefox 3.5 RC2 comes with stability, web compatibility and speed improvements as well as a bunch of new features. The final and stable version of Firefox 3.5 is expected by the end of the month.

“The Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate is now available for download. This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 3.5. the Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback. It includes many new features as well as improvements to performance, web compatibility, and speed. We recommend that you read the release notes and known issues before installing this beta,” commented Director of Firefox with the Mozilla Corporation, Mike Beltzner.


Firefox 3.5 RC2 highlights:
- Support for over 70 languages.
- Private Browsing Mode to help keep your browsing habits private.
- The new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine provides better performance and enhanced stability.
- Firefox 3.5 is location aware.
- Web worker threads and native JSON support.
- The Gecko layout engine has been improved. It even includes speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
- Support for various web technologies: downloadable fonts, CSS media queries, new transformations and properties, JavaScript query selectors, HTML5 local storage and offline application storage, text, ICC profiles, and SVG transforms.
- Watch videos in the browser window with no need for external programs or plug-ins.
- Tab tearing feature: drag a tab into a new window, drag tabs between browser windows.

For those of you having a few problems how Firefox 3.5 reached RC2 status already, here is a brief explanation. On the 16th of June, Mozilla rolled out Firefox 3.5 RC1 which was an “early version of the release candidate” and was only served to Beta testers (people who had Firefox 3.5 Beta installed on their machines). On June 19th, Mozilla rolled out Firefox 3.5 RC2 to the general public, version which represents the most up to date version of the Firefox 3.5 RC-branch.

If you would like to get Firefox 3.5 RC2, a download location is available here.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox 3.5, Release Candidate, RC1, RC2
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