When I was in the Firefox Build’s forum today I noticed that they are looking for testers to try out the new Firefox Preferences. They currently only have it implemented on the Trunk build because it isn’t exactly complete. Things like the new feed reader preferences are not adjustable in this build yet. Waldo, the person implementing the new feature, is looking for feedback on errors that people may have and said “I’ll be watching [the forum] closer than people watched the Superbowl halftime show in 2004.” The target goal is to have this implemented into Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 which is scheduled for release on July 11.
It looks like Mozilla just updated the status page and they pushed this back to Beta 2. It is just too unstable to put in such a big milestone at this point.
Alright, here are the screenshots of what it looks like right now:
The Main Options page here has actually changed quite a bit. It has inherited preferences from other pages such as the “Downloads”. Notice that Downloads no longer has its own page.
This is the Tabs page and is pretty much the same except it is now located as the second item in the order of pages (It was fourth before).
The Content page now has the feed options that were on the Main Options page before. This page is also supposed to have the “File Types” on it except that it gets cutoff on the bottom.
Ahhh, the Privacy page. Have you noticed the differences yet? This change is probably the most significant because there is no longer 6 tabs to change your Privacy options. Now it is all located on one single page and some of the options have gone to different pages!
The Security page has gotten a lot of its content from what used to be on the Advanced page. It now has the anti-phishing settings and the password management features.
There aren’t really any changes on the Advanced->General page.
The Advanced->Network page is new. It has all of the connection settings for Firefox and how large you want your cache to be.
The Advanced->Update page is the still the same.
The Advanced->Encryption page is pretty much what the Advanced->Security page used to be. The only difference is that it lost the Warning Messages section that is now located on the Security page.
Well, I hope you have enjoyed what the future of Firefox will bring to us! For those of you who want to test the unstable Firefox 3.0 (codename Minefield) there is a Windows, Linux, and Mac version with the new Preference pages in it. Hopefully we will see this implemented in Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 on Tuesday!