A first Beta version of Firefox 2.0, called Bon Echo, is now available. (download for Mac or PC) The 2.0 Alpha had been available since March. Firefox 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004. Will 2.0 be a world-changer? There are some nice new features and if the memory and stability issues have been improved at all then there will be parties in the streets.
Recent numbers indicate that Firefox has attained 16% market share among web browsers. It’s secure, extensible and open source. It’s also been unstable and an obnoxious memory leak. Have these problems been solved in 2.0? I’ve seen little discussion on this, but this beta feels better so far than the 1.5 I have been using.
I haven’t seen a lot of problems yet, but I’m not a big Firefox extension user. Many extensions that worked with previous versions are not working with 2.0. General consensus is that the Firefox Nightly Tester Tools is the easiest solution.
So far 2.0 looks solid. I think it’s a keeper.