Mozilla Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 Available
Saturday May 17th, 2008
The preview release for Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser is now available for testing. Firefox 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform which includes 33 months of platform improvements over Firefox 2.
Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 can be downloaded from the Firefox Release Candidates page. The Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 Release Notes have more details, including information about what's new in Firefox 3. The Firefox 3 for developers article on Mozilla Developer Center includes useful links for Web application and add-on developers.
#26 Release Candidate Builds
Tuesday May 20th, 2008 12:24 PM
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This page (the wiki for rc1) had the builds available as soon as they were built, which was a few days ago:
In the release and tracking schedule, they provided a link to the builds as soon as they were done. I suppose it was possible the could have pulled the builds if they found a problem but in practice it's unlikely once they've gone through the previous stages. The rc is based on the beta testing which has been going on for some time now.
If their own wiki regarding the release candidate is providing links to builds before the official announcement, I think it's ok to download from there and distribute the links. If they don't want people doing that, they should keep the builds private until they're ready.