Today we have our first Firefox 1.0 candidate builds available for testing. If all goes well in testing these builds, then we're on target for our 1.0 release in early November. If you're interested in testing these candidates and reporting bugs to Bugzilla, you can get them from FTP. If you've already downloaded 1.0 PR (the "feature complete" preview) and you're not particularly interested in active testing and bug reporting, then you should probably stick with 1.0 PR for a couple more weeks and upgrade when we release the official Firefox 1.0.
Things that need special attention in this RC include:
Application Update! (see below)
- Find toolbar, which received quite a few bug fixes.
- Gecko and website rendering -- we took a few significant layout/css fixes.
- Migration from other browsers on first run (You can just rename your profile directory to trigger migration.)
- Single window mode (load all pop-ups in new tabs,) set in the Advanced panel of the browser Options/Preferences window.
- Focus interaction between tabs, which was changed to fix several security vulnerabilities.
Testing application update is one area we could really use your help. To test this, please see the instructions at Testing Software Update page. It will require you set a hidden preference to point your PR build at a testing server that should deliver you an application update to RC1.
The release candidates include about 250 bug fixes since Firefox 1.0 PR and we'd appreciate any feedback around any of those areas. If you can help in verifying (feel free to skim the bug titles and find ones that interest you) that would be great!
With this release, we're also featuring Mozilla Foundation builds for up to two dozen locales (slowly trickling in. if you don't see your language, try back in a bit.) These builds are hot off the press and haven't received as much testing as we'd like so if you're a non-English user, or speak any non-English languages, we'd encourage you to download one of the new localized builds and hammer on it some. The more testing we get at this stage, the easier time we'll have releasing all these localizations when we ship the en-US builds on November 9.
If you do find regressions from the Preview Release, please file bugs in Bugzilla and nominate them as Firefox 1.0 blockers using the "blocking-aviary1.0?" flag on the bug. Thanks for your help in testing Firefox!