According to this entry on MozillaZine you can now find Release Candidate 1 for Firefox 1.0 available for download and testing. This release features over 250 bug fixes since the 1.0 Preview release, not too shabby at all. They’re suggesting that folks not interested in testing just stick with the Preview Release for now and then upgrade when the final 1.0 is released in a couple of weeks, but if you just gotta have the latest and greatest then go get it.
In related news, the folks at the Mozilla Foundation are aiming to take 10 percent of the browser market share within the next year.
Bart Decrem, a spokesman for the Mozilla Foundation, told ZDNet UK on Friday that he expects the browser’s market share to reach 10 percent by the end of 2005.
“I think we’ll get to 10 percent over the next year. We don’t have 10 percent of the Web at the moment, but we have the momentum,” Decrem said.
He said he is confident of hitting this goal because interest in the browser has been accelerating over the last few months. He said this momentum can be seen in the increasing number of downloads for each version of Firefox: Version 0.8 was downloaded 3.3 million times in four months; 0.9 was downloaded 6.5 million times in three months; and the pre-release version was downloaded 5 million times in just one month.
Whether you’re still an Internet Explorer holdout or a convert to Mozilla’s browsers like I am, this increased competition is a very good thing. Already there are rumbles out of Redmond that development on Internet Explorer is being restarted after largely being abandoned aside from security patches since it gained dominance in the market. In fact the problem with a monopoly is nicely demonstrated in the browser wars as there isn’t a web developer out there that won’t tell you how screwed up Internet Explorer’s implementation of the W3C’s HTML standards is yet Microsoft was largely ready to leave it as-is until Mozilla and Firefox starting grabbing a lot of attention. Innovation in the browser market was dead, but now it looks to be making a comeback thanks to the threat being posed by Firefox and Mozilla.