When DailyTech last reported on Firefox 3.0, Mozilla was still playing around with Beta 3. Since that time, the Mozilla released Beta 4 and Beta 5 iterations along with numerous nightly builds. Over the weekend, however, Firefox 3.0 eked closer to final code with Release Candidate 1 (RC1).
The development of Firefox 3.0 has been a long and steady process, but RC1 gives Mozilla more firepower in its ongoing battle with Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser and to a lesser extent, Safari and Opera.
Firefox 3.0 is built on the Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform and includes better memory management, improved performance, enhanced security features, and improved usability. Other new features include built-in antivirus protection, easier password management, a new download manager and improved integration with Windows and OS X.
According to Mozilla, changes specifically attributable to the latest release of Firefox 3.0 include:
Firefox 3.0 RC1 is currently available for download in multiple languages for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms.