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Firefox 2.0 Stalls Again

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It is the role of every idol to eventually fall from grace and though Firefox has many more days in the sun yet its once flawless lustre is beginning to show one or two smudges.



Development on version 2.0 of the browser which is still best of breed continues to slip. 24 October is now the latest revision for a final release with a second beta held up until 23 August. The two dates represent adjustments of one month and one week respectively which – though small – drag on the coding for an edition first released in Alpha way back in February.

Furthermore the announcement comes on the back of revelations that Mozilla has dropped the upgraded bookmark and history features from 2.0 after persistent glitches. As a fan of Firefox betas I’ve seen first hand some crashes related to both of these but surely idols aren’t meant to give up? That kind of behaviour is reserved for stereotypical villains like Microsoft who infamously scaled down its ambitious plans for Vista and is still running hideously late…

Despite all this we can still expect some tasty new features when FF2.0 does raise its head with an anti-phishing tool, integrated spell checker, the addition of close boxes to each tab, a natively editable search engine toolbar and more.

I still notice bugs and irritants that have plagued me since version 1.0 though like its nasty tendency to suddenly monopolise CPU resources and the mystifying decision to place ‘Sort By Name’ directly underneath ‘Reload Live Bookmark’ but I guess in reality idols aren’t perfect. We just want them to be that way…

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