The second Alpha release in the new Firefox 29.x Aurora branch has been made available for download by Mozilla for all platforms, including Linux.
Mozilla doesn't usually makes a fuss about alpha versions, but this one is pretty special. The second one released in this 29.x branch packs quite a punch and comes with important interface changes, not to mention some new features.
“Simplified and flexible user interface: Firefox Aurora includes a redesign of the browser interface to help you get things done, faster. Tabs have a new fluid and streamlined shape and non-active tabs blend into the background to make it faster for you to find and focus on the tab you want.”
“A new menu contains the most popular features including copy, paste, zoom, as well as add-ons all in one spot with easy to identify visual icons,” reads the announcement from Mozilla.
In case you didn't know, Mozilla is preparing a major face lift for the aging interface, but as you can clearly see, this is not simply a more beatiful theme. Some button will be relocated and a few new functions will be represented in the new UI.
According to the developers, users will be able to prioritize features in the in the menu, toolbar, and tab bar by using drag and drop.
Mozilla also intends to replace the current Sync system with one that resembles the system used for Google Chrome.
“The new Firefox Sync makes it even easier to setup and add multiple devices while delivering end-to-end encryption. Simply enter your email address during setup and choose a password to complete the setup process. If you are currently a Firefox Sync user, you will see no change in Firefox Aurora,” also reads the announcement.
Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.