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Firefox 3.5 : the RC available for everybody

The final version comes near...

Written by Enigmatux on 23 June 2009 at 11h30 Source Mozilla
While Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8, while Google launched last week the stable version of Chrome 2.0, Firefox comes closer more and more to the final version because recently Mozilla have published the Release Candidate 2 (RC2) of Firefox 3.5. : )

After launched last week the RC1, available online for the users who were using the beta version (Mozilla didn't publish the direct download links), Mozilla have published the RC2 of Firefox 3.5. : )

Initially called 3.1, Mozilla have renamed the new version of Firefox, version 3.5, code name Shiretoko, due to many improvements and new features such as :

- Better performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine
- The ability to provide Location Aware Browsing using web standards for geolocation
- Support for native JSON, and web worker threads
- Support for new web technologies such as HTML5 video and audio elements
- etc. (for more, click here)

If you want more information about this Release Candidate, and if you want to try it, i invite you to go here and there. This version is available in 70 languages and for the operating systems Windows, Mac OS X et linux.

And for those who prefer to wait the final version of Firefox 3.5, which according to rumors should be released before the end of this month, I suggest you to discover the refreshed logo of Firefox !

Evolution of Firefox logo

So, appointment for the launch of Firefox 3.5 final version ! : meuh:

P.S : And why not play to the game of 7 differences on the new logo ? It's possible that there was more... ;)

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23/06/2009 - 13:18
Differences in logo:

1. The fox is less cartoonish. It's more like a Photoshop painting now.

2. The shine on the globe is brighter.

3. The shine on the globe is now using a different Blending Mode, something like Color Dogde or something so that the white is actually Cyan instead of white.

4. The colour of the continents is different, and it is now a gradient.

5. The colour and gradient of the ocean is different.

6. The tail's shape and style is different. It now looks as if it is wrapping the globe.

7. The tail is longer.

8. The continent itself is different.

9. The fox's drop shadow is now lighter on the left but darker on the right.

10. The shine on the globe also has a different shape now.

11. There is an inner shadow on the top of the globe.

12. The fox's flames are also slightly different

Overall, I think it looks much better than the original logo. Go Firefox! : loveit:
23/06/2009 - 17:22
Been using 3.5 for a while, it is amazing. I love the new logo as well. It just makes it look all the better.
26/06/2009 - 21:39
Well, it's faster, it doesn't crash, but other than that it's only caught up with my other browsers - I don't see major changes apart from speed and it not crashing - which don't get me wrong, is great.

Oh, and extremely annoyed that the installer always sets it as my default browser - pretty belligerent.
26/06/2009 - 21:50
Am I the only one who noticed the differences in the logo?
26/06/2009 - 21:59
No, Tanshin also did.

EDIT: Unless you mean details, in which case yes.
26/06/2009 - 22:06
It was in the article. Right at the end, he asks us to find the differences in the logo ... I challenge you to come up with one more!
26/06/2009 - 22:16
I did notice the differences. Not going to name them here, but to be short on this - I don't like the changes. : angel: The 16 by 16 pixel icon looks way to over saturated. And even the full size icons don't look that good to me. In my opinion, they should have done a little bit less of these fancy effects. A bit in between this new icon and the current icon. : yes:
26/06/2009 - 22:39
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