Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 1

The new Firefox/Deer Park Beta 1 is out and the things changed even since Alpha2 (which I’ve been running on all my computers for a couple of weeks now) is pretty outstanding. Item number one has long been my number one beef with the Mozilla family of products:

Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.

I’m sure that we’ll see this rolled into their other products soon. There’s apparently some changes in the Gecko engine as well, as the release notes mention support now for SVG as well as some new support for CSS2, CSS3, and JavaScript 1.6.

I’ve only experienced maybe one or two crashes in the two weeks or so I’ve been running it. So, if you feel just a little risqué, you can head over to the Firefox Project Page at to access the downloads and release notes.