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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June?
by Liquidator on Fri 21st Mar 2008 22:28 UTC
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2007-03-04

If it's ready for prime-time, why do we have to wait til June?

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RE: June?
by sbergman27 on Fri 21st Mar 2008 22:40 in reply to "June?"
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2005-07-24

If it's ready for prime-time, why do we have to wait til June?

While it may be of release Kuality, apparently they do not feel that it is yet of release quality. ;-)

Edited 2008-03-21 22:43 UTC

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RE[2]: June?
by robinh on Fri 21st Mar 2008 23:38 in reply to "RE: June?"
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2006-12-19

Oh puh-leeze! Put your Klaws away!

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RE: June?
by Korbinus on Fri 21st Mar 2008 23:05 in reply to "June?"
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2008-03-18

If it's ready for prime-time, why do we have to wait til June?


They are creating the buzz for making the release a success while they are fixing the last bugs, I suppose.

I am currently FF 3b4. It's is fast and very stable, so I think it will be successful.

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RE[2]: June?
by umccullough on Fri 21st Mar 2008 23:18 in reply to "RE: June?"
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2006-01-26

"If it's ready for prime-time, why do we have to wait til June?


They are creating the buzz for making the release a success while they are fixing the last bugs, I suppose.
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There's also this little thing they do where they try to get all the localized versions built and tested, and all the various platforms built and tested before they do the official launch... or at least, that's my impression.

Edit: nevermind - i see they've already built all the localized versions ;)

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RE[2]: June?
by tomcat on Sat 22nd Mar 2008 01:21 in reply to "RE: June?"
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2006-01-06

They are creating the buzz for making the release a success while they are fixing the last bugs, I suppose.


In other words, it's not ready for prime time. Fix the bugs ... and then you're ready.

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RE: June?
by Oliver on Fri 21st Mar 2008 23:17 in reply to "June?"
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2006-07-15

Because of marketing. Fault tolerance is the virus from Redmond.

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RE: June?
by WorknMan on Fri 21st Mar 2008 23:47 in reply to "June?"
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2005-11-13

Yeah, I like this:

As of Thursday afternoon, the Web site still stated: "We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 beta 4 milestone release. It is intended for testing purposes only."

But they said that as they concluded their fourth round of tweaking their software, they determined it was ready for prime


If it's ready for prime time, then release the final version already. Otherwise, it's still just for developers and testers.

Personally, I'm waiting for 3.01 .. they should have most of the kinks worked out by then ;)

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RE[2]: June?
by sbergman27 on Sat 22nd Mar 2008 14:27 in reply to "RE: June?"
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2005-07-24

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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v RE[2]: June?
by daedliusswartz on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 08:39 in reply to "RE: June?"
RE: June?
by FreakyT on Sat 22nd Mar 2008 14:09 in reply to "June?"
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2005-07-17

I've been using Beta 4 since it came out, and it's been really unstable for me; it crashes over twice a day.

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RE: June?
by Michael on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 00:46 in reply to "June?"
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2005-07-01

I suspect they're saying this to nudge Extension developers into updating their extensions ready for the launch. Until now, FF3's been a changing too rapidly. Why bother updating your extension when the next nightly could break it? This sends out a signal that it's safe to develop for FF3 now. They want that because they want to have lots of sexy extensions to boast about when it's released.

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