Mozilla Firefox 0.9 Release Candidate Available
Wednesday June 9th, 2004
Ben Goodger writes: "A testing candidate of Mozilla Firefox 0.9 is now available from mozilla.org. There are a couple more bugs we'd like to fix for the 0.9 release but want to get as much feedback on the app in general before we go out. Please download this build and test with it and report any show stopping bugs that you find. We are still looking to do a 0.9 final sometime Monday." Builds can be found on the FTP site.
#108 Re: Reading through these comments makes me wait!
Wednesday June 9th, 2004 6:21 PM
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Give it the week or two until 0.9...the remaining larger bugs should be ironed out by then.
As for tabbed browsing, there are some improvements. There are warning dialogs for potential dataloss situations when tabs are closed, but aside from that there's not a whole lot. Personally, I'm still hoping for a hidden pref for which tab should be made active when the current one is closed, and I also want draggable tabs. Those require backend work, however, so you almost certainly won't see those for Firefox 0.9 (or 1.0, for that matter). Pretty much everything else is the same.
One nice tab feature you *will* see for 1.0, however, is a way to set how external applications open URLs (in a new tab/new window/same tab/same window/etc.). However, that certainly won't be in 0.9.
Overall, I think 0.9 stability-wise will be either slightly below 0.8 or on a par with it. Everything's still beta, so I can't really complain. 1.0 will be when Firefox is truly stable.