Firefox 2.0 or not

If everyone is doing 2.0, why not Firefox 2.0. Hell they have a more legitimate reason to use 2.0 than anyone else. The internets are buzzing with news that Mozilla folks have released an early alpha of Firefox 2.0. Actually that is not true, says Asa Dotzler, one of the powers-that-be a Mozilla and Firefox.

When we make a new release, we’ll say so. Please don’t report new releases because someone checks in a change to the user agent or similar. If we’re actaully doing a release, we’ll announce it. Thanks.

The software you can download right now, code named Bon Echo is an early alpha and not an official release, and is available for how shall I say, informal downloads. Update: Niall IMed me and let me know that the code for Firefox 2.0 alpha 1 was frozen last week, and we should expect an announcement sometime later this week. The real thing will be released in September 2006, according to some reports. (More info @ Mozilla Wiki)
Still, I couldn’t resist downloading it, and trying it out. It does feel faster and more responsive at least on OS-X, though not as spiffy as Camino. It has a cleaner interface, though you wouldn’t notice it. I bet this one is going to be one impressive upgrade. Okay Mozilla and Firefox attention, you have my attention.
Bonus link: Ben Goodger on Mozilla’s move (closer to Google) and what Mozilla needs to do in the future.
(Download Mac version here, and windows version here. )