Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Mar 2008 22:21 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones A new version of Mozilla's popular Firefox Web browser is ready for download with improved security and memory use as the tiny company takes a stab at Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer. The program's creators told Reuters on Thursday that the privately-held company's trial version of Firefox 3 browser is ready for the masses to use after months of development.
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RE[2]: June?
by sbergman27 on Sat 22nd Mar 2008 14:27 UTC in reply to "RE: June?"
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If it's ready for prime time, then release the final version already. Otherwise, it's still just for developers and testers.


The article was not very clear. I believe that what it is trying to say is that FF3 is ready for everyday use by web developers who want to familiarize themselves with the new browser without a lot of pain. FF3 is still only on the "Developers" page at mozilla.com, and that is where the changed description of FF3's status will be. There is no link to it from the front page *except* through the "developers" link.

One problem that I have noted that many projects face is how to attract an appropriate number of testers for the final phases of development and release QA. Some seem to think that people will "just know" when to become testers. Some chant "The latest mightlies are awesome!" throughout the entire development cycle. Some do alpha/beta sequences. Others resort to elaborate deceptions, releasing a "X.0" release which is really a beta, followed by an X.1 release which is intended to be the real release. This change of description regarding the status of FF3 is simply another way to send a message that the software, in it's current state, will likely not eat your children, and that it might be a good time to try it out.

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