The final version of Firefox 1.5 was released Nov-29th. It seems like a safe bet. I’ve been running RC2 and RC3, with no major problems, for a couple of weeks now. I really like the tab-organiser and of course that we now have a danish version of 1.5.
But what to make of the announcement on mozilla.org, that Firefox and Thunderbird has been given “a new home”?
The “new home” is mozilla.com (Mozilla Corporation) rather than mozilla.org (Mozilla Foundation), I suppose this marks some kind of new direction and/or strategy for the Firefox project.
Here is a quote from the mozilla.com “about” page.
Formed on August 3, 2005, Mozilla Corporation oversees the development and distribution of Mozilla technologies and products, including the popular and award-winning Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird email client. Mozilla Corporation relies on the talents of a core group of employees, as well as a vast community of worldwide contributors, to build and deliver great, user-friendly products.
Mozilla Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation. Established in July, 2003, the Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote choice and innovation on the Internet. The Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for the Mozilla open source software project, and governs the actions of Mozilla Corporation.
Only time will show, but I’m not too worried.
A funny “error” has slipped quality control. I know that Firefox changed it’s version number from 1.1 to 1.5 quite late, so Mozilla forgot to change the version number, in the license agreement, that is displayed before installation, it still says 1.1. This is at least true for the Danish Mac OS X version.
I guess that I should report this as a bug, but I haven’t been able to provide a useful search criteria, on the extensive Firefox Bugzilla site, so I gave up on it for now. Maybe I should get involved, since I’m passionate about Firefox or, at least, alternatives to Microsoft Internet Explorer.