May 27th, 2006 by Keith

Bon Echo Alpha 3 (Firefox 2) Milestone Release

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Web Apps, Windows

Bon Echo

Since the last review of Bon Echo Alpha 2, Mozilla has released the next Firefox Alpha 3 (codename Bon Echo) web browser.

Bon Echo Alpha 3 is the third developer milestone on the path to Firefox 2. This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 2.


This alpha release is incremental compared to Alpha 2. Some of the new features are as follow:

  • * Built in Anti-Phishing protection.
  • * Search suggestions now appear with search history in the search box for Google and Yahoo!
  • * Support for client-side session and persistent storage.

Some improvements have been made over the previous Alpha 2 release:

  • * Changes to tabbed browsing behavior
  • * Search plugin manager for removing and re-ordering search engines
  • * Better support for previewing and subscribing to web feeds
  • * New microsummaries feature for bookmarks
  • * Inline spell checking in text boxes
  • * Automatic restoration of your browsing session if there is a crash
  • * New combined and improved Add-Ons manager for extensions and themes
  • * Extended search plugin format
  • * Updates to the extension system to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions
  • * Support for SVG text using svg:textPath

Do check out the release note while testing for this release.

Builds are available in the following platforms:

Do not install this on production machine, as this is still under development stage. Instead, users should stick with the stable Firefox 1.5.0.3 version instead.

2 Responses to “Bon Echo Alpha 3 (Firefox 2) Milestone Release”

  1. mck Says:

    Hmm, even though there’s no more Places, the session saving, inline spell checking, and better feed reading support make it look awesome. :D

  2. Bon Echo (Mozilla Firefox 2) Beta 1 Milestone Release » SoftSift Says:

    [...] It has been a over a month since Mozilla last released its Bon Echo alpha (development) edition of Firefox 2. Although it is not yet widely announced in the public, but Bon Echo (Firefox 2) Beta 1 has been released. Bon Echo Beta 1 is the first beta release of a developer preview on the path to Firefox 2, and it is being made only for testing purpose. [...]

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