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Firefox 2.0 Alpha Imminent

The Mozilla Foundation is close to releasing the first alpha edition of the next Firefox, the group's Web site announced, with a Tuesday unveiling likely.

Firefox 2.0, which at one point Mozilla officials said would debut in Alpha 1 format by the end of February, may appear as early as Tuesday. The browser, which will stress bookmark, tab, and extension changes, is in early development, and is scheduled for a final rollout in the third quarter.

According to entries on the Mozilla Developer Center blog and minutes of a status meeting a week ago, Firefox 2.0 Alpha 1 -- also called "BonEcho" -- may release Tuesday. Or Friday.

The agenda for a late-morning status meeting Tuesday, however, points toward an imminent release. All that remains to do is to finish two Web pages before pushing out the alpha.

The main purpose of BonEcho is to test Places, a new feature that combines bookmarks and browsing history.

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