Waiting for RC1: Mozilla-Infectious Artful Collaboration, New Firefox 3.5 Icon
Article by George Norman
On 19 Jun 2009
This Tuesday, the 16th of June, Mozilla rolled out what many believed to be the Release Candidate of Firefox 3.5. While the software was indeed from the RC branch, it was an early version that was meant for testers to put thorough its paces, and not something for the general public to get. At the time Director of Firefox with the Mozilla Corporation, Mike Beltzner, explained that this Friday, the 19th of June, a version for the general public of Firefox 3.5 RC1 will be released.

At the time of writing this article, Firefox 3.5 RC1 was not out yet, so I thought it a good idea to present you with some Mozilla related news to help you pass the time.

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The Mozilla Foundation has teamed up with the great team of artists at Infectious and the result of this collaboration is a ser of amazing designs. Mozilla’s Jay Patel explains: “Our ongoing efforts to encourage participation in all facets of the Mozilla project led us to the vibrant community of artists at Infectious. We wanted to bring artists and art lovers together through a Community Art Project to inspire creative contributors to join us in making the Internet better for everyone.”

5 Infectious artists, Zeptonn, David Lanham, Reuben Rude, Etsu Meusy and Paulo Arraiano, kicked off the project by contributing original art pieces which depict Mozilla’s “innovation, openness, opportunity and idealism.” These art pieces are available as Personas skins, T-Shirts, laptop skins, car decals, and so on. But enough blabber, just takea look at some pictures.





“As we get closer to the launch of Firefox 3.5, this art provides a fresh interpretation of what Mozilla is all about, added Patel. “It also serves as an example of what’s possible when you bring creative minds together to share their talents and passion for art and technology.”

Keeping with the art theme we’ve got going on here, you should know that amongst the new features in Firefox, there is one that will certainly catch your eye. We already knew that the Firefox icon is getting a redesign; the breaking news is that with the release of Firefox 3.5 RC1 the development team is “ready to finalize the design of the new Firefox icon,” as reported by Firefox User Experience team member, Alex Faaborg. The new icon will look like the image below (it's a big one so you can spot all the little changes).

UPDATE: The second part of the Firefox 3.5 RC that was released to Beta testers on the 16th of June has been released on Mozilla's FTP site. It is labeled Firefox 3.5 RC2, and it is supposed to be the Firefox 3.5 RC version that will become availalbe for download to the general public. No official word from Mozilla though. If you want to download it anyway, here is a link (and here ).





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