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First Look: Firefox 1.5

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I admit it—I’m a Firefox fan. It’s not my only browser, but it probably gets used about 75 percent of the time for my browsing. First, it’s quite speedy. And second, Firefox is an excellent piece of open-source software that other developers love to enhance. With many available themes and tons of extensions that, well, extend its functionality, you can make Firefox into an incredibly customized browser that works the way you want it to work. But even in its off-the-shelf configuration, Firefox is a very fast and feature-laden browser.

It was a little more than a year ago when Firefox 1.0 first arrived to great fanfare. More than 100 million downloads later, Mozilla has come out with the next major revision to the open-source browser, Firefox 1.5.

So what’s new in version 1.5, and why might Mac users (even those who disliked version 1.0) want to take a look at it? For this release, the Firefox team concentrated on squishing a lot of bugs from the 1.0 product, as well as focusing on interface enhancements, many of which directly benefit us Mac users. There are way too many new features and bug fixes to cover in great detail, of course, but here are some of the things that have caught my eye in the last few days.

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