Mozilla Will Soon Stop Shipping Firefox 3.6 To Users!
As you all know Mozilla development team is way behind its schedule in releasing Firefox 4.0. Mozilla had decided to release Firefox 4.0 in middle of November. But they are still stuck up with more than 450 blockers to fix-up.
Well as said before in our previous article, Firefox 4 Beta 8 will be shipped to user in sometime today. Beta 8 is still not officially out in the market as Mozilla team is investigating one possible issue before being ready to push live.
But you can download the latest build of Beta 8 through ftp server here. When the official download link goes live later today, Firefox will be available in 57 languages.
According to the release notes of Firefox 4 Beta 8, there are three main updates
- The Firefox Sync setup experience has been greatly improved across desktop and mobile devices
- Speed, functionality, and compatibility improvements to WebGL
- Additional polish for the Firefox Add-ons Manager
In today’s Firefox/Gecko Development Meeting, Mozilla team said they have following number of bugs in their plate,
- Beta 9: 49 blockers
- Beta(overall): 287 blockers
- Final: 180 blockers
- In total : 466 blockers
This clearly tells Firefox 4 Beta 9 will be available before this year end.
End of Firefox 3.6!
Well here comes the shocking news for all. As Mozilla is inching towards the first RC of Firefox 4.0, they want to shut Firefox 3.6 to clear path for Firefox 4.
Currently Mozilla team is fixing about 40 blockers per week. As said above they have 466 blockers in totally and it may take 10-12 weeks to clear them. So the team is looking at 10-12 more weeks of development time, which still isn’t fast enough.
Keeping all this in mind Mozilla has started thinking about the future of Firefox 3.6 and they may stop shipping it anytime from now.
Will Mozilla team get hit by this early decision? Please share your views 😉
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