Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 code to freeze end of day March 3, Beta 4 now on tap

Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 code to freeze end of day March 3, Beta 4 now on tap

Summary:   Bugs or no bugs, Mozilla will freeze the code to the much delayed Firefox 3.1 beta 3 by the end of day.

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 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.

During the weekly meeting today, developers said a number of stubborn Javascript problems and other issues remain in the code, prompting the decision to go for a fourth beta. Others suggested that a possible version number change (Firefox 3.5) may be in order to reflect the scope (and time investment) of the update. Beta 3 was originally expected to be released in early January.  It should now be available within a week or so.  A possible date for beta 4 was not given.

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.

"We're going to wrap up beta 3 in the next week regardless of upvar [Javascript] status ... a 4th beta will follow approximately 6 weeks after, as a vehicle for more testing of tracemonkey, video, places and other eagerly-awaited improvements as well as feedback from beta 3," wrote Firefox developer Mike Shaver in his meeting notes posted on Feb 25.

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.

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  • Hats off to the Mozilla Firefox Team!

    Good things come to those who wait.
    no_zd_user_name
  • RE: Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 code to freeze end of day March 3, Beta 4 now on tap

    Thank you, everyone, who has worked on Firefox !!!
    anacapa1
  • RE: Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 code freeze...

    I have been impressed with the Firefox 3.0 betas since they first became available in November 2007. Even though FF3 was still in beta status, I switched over from Firefox 2 by the end of 2007.

    About a year ago, I found an pre-alpha of Firefox 4 but it was called "Minefield". Many of my co-workers (mostly IE fanbois) did not believe me, and called me a liar. But, since I had the url to its folder location, they didn't have to 'take my word for it'. I downloaded it to one of the spare computers, and ran the Acid3 test. It was quite pleasant to forward the screen shot of the results (71/100) and the version number to the head IE fanboi at the corporate office.

    Today, I now understand the reason why (alpha and even more importantly, [i]pre-[/i]alpha code, can [b]"explode"[/b] on you.)

    More recently, I have downloaded some of the 3.1 betas, and 3.2 alphas and have used them. From what I have seen, it will be worth the wait.

    I would not be able to use such a fantastic browser, if it were not for the contributions of so many people. Whether they work on the Firefox core, localization features, or on extensions; all of them have contributed to one impressive browser. To which I must say, [b]Keep up the good work!!![/b]

    One parting comment, I use Firefox at home because I [b]WANT to[/b]; unfortunately, at work, I don't get that opportunity. Every day, when I have to use a browser at work, I am frustrated that the screen staring back at me says: [b]"Internet EXPLODER"[/b]!!!! I pray for the day, I can go in and wipe IE fron the hard drives of our companies' computers.
    fatman65535
  • RE: Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 code to freeze end of day March 3, Beta 4 now on tap

    I hope they will finally solve the crash problem!
    Bill Parker
    bparker1