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: June?
by WorknMan on Fri 21st Mar 2008 23:47 UTC in reply to "June?"
WorknMan
Member since:
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?"
sbergman27 Member since:
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[3]: June?
by lemur2 on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 10:16 in reply to "RE[2]: June?"
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2007-02-17

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


Uh, this is open source.. there are no kinks, remember?
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I don't think you have got that quite correct.

It is not the case that there are NO kinks in open source browsers, but rather just that they have far less kinks than in IE (and more functionality and standards compliance as well, but that observation is off the main point here).

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