Firefox 2.0 reaches release candidate 1 status

The horde of open-source developers working on Firefox has hit yet another milestone in its race against Microsoft and Internet Explorer 7.0. The first release candidate for Firefox 2.0 is now available for download from Mozilla's developer site, and some release notes can be viewed here. In addition to user interface tweaks and miscellaneous changes, this release candidate fixes a number of bugs from the Beta 2 version, which still had quite a few rough edges. Mozilla currently plans to have a second release candidate out by October 6, with the final release of Firefox 2.0 due on October 17 at the earliest. In the meantime, users can get an early taste of the new RC1, although those running previous versions of Firefox would be advised to back up their profile directory first.
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