It's now official! Firefox 8.0 and Thunderbird 8.0 were made available for download a few minutes ago, for all supported platforms.Linux users can download the new releases of Firefox and Thunderbird for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, supporting most of the existing distributions.
The new Firefox 8.0 web browser brings built-in Twitter search, an one-time add-on selection dialog and HTML5 context menus support.
Also, tabs can now be loaded on demand to improve start-up times. On the other hand, the new Thunderbird 8.0 is now based on the new Mozilla Gecko 8 engine, providing new find and search shortcuts, as well as better accessibility of the attachment list.
Moreover, the folder switching pane widget was removed from Thunderbird 8.0, and several platform stability and security issues were fixed.
Because Canonical decided to make them the default apps, both Mozilla Firefox 8.0 web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird 8.0 email client should be available in the Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system in a couple of days through the default software channels.
In the mean time, don't hesitate to visit our brand-new How to Install Firefox 8 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Ubuntu 10.10 tutorial!
Firefox 8 on Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)
Download Mozilla Firefox 8.0 binaries and source for Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) right now from Softpedia.
Download Mozilla Thunderbird 8.0 binaries and source for Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) right now from Softpedia.
Also, don't forget to visit our always up-to-date Firefox Extensions section, as well as the Thunderbird Extensions section, for the latest add-ons!