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Firefox 3 Release Candidate

"Release Candidates" (RC) are the final step before a company releases an official software product.  It signifies that all the features (or nearly all) that will be in the final product are in the RC.  It's like a trial release, to see if major bugs crop up before the official release.

So that's why it's exciting to see Firefox 3 RC1 has just been released.  It means that it's fairly safe for anyone to download and use, although everyone does so wih the understanding that there may be some small glitches here and there, and that they'll need to upgrade to the "real thing" when it's eventually released.

Everything looks great, and this browser continues to be the fastest I've ever used.  This thing rocks.

One word of caution:  Mozilla has tried to sneak a fast one in on the installation process, and will make Firefox your system default web browser unless you're careful. 

When you get to the installation step below, be sure to un-check the box indicated if you don't want Firefox 3 to be the default web browser on your computer.  For example, if IE7 is your primary web browser, and you want to keep it that way, be sure to un-check the box.

Be careful during installation - watch for this step!


  • Hasn't "default web browser" always been a choice when installing Firefox? It is deliberately my choice and launches with Outlook Express.

    Trying to sneak in Google stuff is what I watch out for with any download ...... Google hammered me one too many times with their free toolbar. I don't even use their website to search because of it.

    By konane, at 10:54 AM

  • It is normally a popup box that gets your attention and specifically makes you answer "yes" or "no". By putting it as a checkbox option in the install wizard, *many* users will breeze by it without giving it a second look.

    All IT pros know that users are accustomed to hammering away blindly at the Next button until something is installed.

    By Todd, at 11:03 AM

  • Just to make my last comment clear: the checkbox in the install wizard IS something new.

    By Todd, at 11:04 AM

  • Downloaded, works great, nothing "snuck in", extremely fast!! Firefox and Maxthon you told me about are two awesome browsers! Thanks much for the update!

    By konane, at 11:43 AM

  • I am pleased to report that the new Release Candidate of Firefox supports EV certificates, so when you go to the Lottery Post Log In page, the address line will have the green security information clearly visible. EV certificates are the most trusted type of certificate for web sites, because the certificate authority has to complete a series of strict background checks on the company before a certificate is issued.

    By Todd, at 1:09 PM

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