Firefox 2 RC1 Okay, this one was a little bit of a tongue twister so I wasn’t quite sure how to say it. Technically I should say Firefox 2 RC1 RC1 but I guess it would make more sense if I refer to it as the first Release Candidate of Firefox RC1. Well, it doesn’t really matter how you say it, instead all that matters is that the download is available.

Here are the direct links for the downloads of the English versions (the only language currently available):

There have been quite a few great visual changes going on since Firefox 2 Beta 2 was released. I think everyone will be much more pleased with how the theme is progressing as we head into the final homestretch. The tabs look much more streamlined and the navigation buttons don’t look so washed out. Oh, and we can’t forget about the cool new Refresh button in this release. :)

I have also put together a portable version of the RC1 to make it a little easier to try. All you have to do is download the Firefox Portable file. Then you unzip the file and browse for the file FirefoxPortable.exe. Just execute that file and you will be running the first Release Candidate of Firefox 2 RC1! The profile is kept with the FirefoxPortable folder so you don’t have to worry about messing up your other profile and the uninstallation process is simple…just delete the folder!

NOTE: Yes, the final release of Firefox 2 RC1 was supposed to be today but it has been pushed back until September 26. I would also expect to see the final release of Firefox 2 pushed back into early November because of the recent unexpected delays.