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Mozilla Firefox v1.5 Public BETA 1

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Well, today's the day! After bringing you numerous updates on the condition of Mozilla Deer Park Alpha, we have some information from the just-released Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Public BETA 1. This BETA is a prelude to the upcoming v1.5 release candidate, which is expected for availability on the 28th of October. Some of the updates are outlined with our snapshots from this initial release.

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Many of us have been loyal Firefox users for the past year, and stats from our server logs show an early interest in Firefox from you, our readers, as well. With all the attention on Firefox, we took time to interview one of the program's creators, Blake Ross. Ross is currently on leave from his studies at Stanford University to work on another startup (where I went to grad school in the distant past) and had lots to say about where he is taking the browser and his thoughts about competing with Microsoft.

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