Bugs or no bugs, Mozilla will freeze the code to the much delayed Firefox 3.1 beta 3 by the end of day.
The number of P1 blockers is now in the single digits but that doesn't mean the release candidate is around the corner.
The official news of the code freeze and beta 4 was let loose during today's weekly meeting but lead developers indicated in several blog posts last week that a fourth beta would be needed.
One Mozilla developer -- Simon Paquet, a Thunderbird/Calendar Localisation Coordinator -- opined that a version number change might be in order.
"Given all the efforts that went into FF3.1 and given its prolonged schedule and expanded scope, I was wondering whether it might make more sense to name it Firefox 3.5 just as Firefox 1.1 was renamed Firefox 1.5? "
Not a bad idea. "You are not the first to suggest that, indeed!," Shaver shot back in the same thread. "I think we should discuss exactly that, but in another thread and after we get beta3 out the door. :)
Firefox 3.0 shipped in June of 2008 and Mozilla expected the 3.1 update to be available by the end of 2008. After more complexities surfaced and the Google Chrome browser debuted late last year, the team decided to add private browsing and other add-on features to what was once planned to be a minor update.