I installed Firefox 2.0 at work this morning and at home this afternoon.
This, in case it isn’t obvious, is Very Good News. My heavily-customized bookmarks toolbar (combining some Bloglines options and some Google Toolbar options) and somewhat-customized navigation toolbar were the same (except, I think, for changes in a couple of icons). My options settings were the same, with sensible options for the new features in 2.0.
The new version replaced the “old” one (126.96.36.199, not exactly ancient) smoothly. The download was reasonably fast at work, very fast at home on our “slow DSL” (we’re too far from the nearest switching center for fast DSL).
I haven’t run into the phishing protection, but I’m pretty careful about suspicious email and the like, so there’s no reason I should.
I do have to get used to the fact that Bloglines now automatically opens posts in a second tab instead of a second window, but since Firefox warns you before letting you close more than one tab, it’s a painless learning process. Otherwise: No news is good news; this seems to be a clean upgrade.
The one oddity, as others have already noted: Firefox 188.8.131.52 does not recognize Firefox 2 as an update. You have to go get it directly. Not hard to do…
Just another vote of confidence from one of the 20%. I’m guessing very few of us are in a hurry to rush back to IE, no matter how good IE7 is. A little diversity in the software arena can’t hurt.
Addendum 10/26: Didn’t bite, clearly an improvement. Subscribing to a feed is now one click faster than with the “Sub with Bloglines” bookmark-tool–and checking today’s gmail, I got a clever phishing attempt (something about finding a flickr photo by accident). I was 99% certain it was phony, particularly since “flickr.com” was not the primary domain–but, given Firefox 2′s phishing protection, I thought I’d see what happened. Sure enough: Big bold warning message and “probable forgery” popped up. Good work, Firefox! (And, CW, thanks for adding your note.)