Linked by lemur2 on Tue 8th Nov 2011 22:40 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has announced the release of Firefox 8 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Firefox for Android. This release appears to be a relatively minor update. Perhaps the main feature of this update is the ability for user control over third-party addons. "At Mozilla, we think you should be in control, so we are disabling add-ons installed by third parties without your permission and letting you pick the ones you want to keep." A detailed technical description of this new Firefox release can be found in the release notes.
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RE[2]: When
by lemur2 on Thu 10th Nov 2011 00:28 UTC in reply to "RE: When"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

I thought about the same thing.. v5, v6, v7.... this is really dumb marketing stuff. Major and Minor releases have a meaning! "We added a new blue button" means Major release +1 ?


No, Firefox releases are now time-based.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Enterprise/Firefox/ExtendedSupport:Proposal

Firefox release + 1 now means simply that it has been six weeks since the previous Firefox release. Release + 1 will have whatever new features that Mozilla has been able to incorporate, test and stabilize since the previous release six weeks ago.

This is the same approach as many major projects have undertaken. KDE, for example, releases a minor update every month, and a new version every six months. The current release is KDE SC 4.7.3. KDE 4.7.3 was released on November 2nd, 2011.

http://kde.org/info/4.7.3.php

The previous release was KDE SC 4.7.2.

http://kde.org/info/4.7.2.php

KDE 4.7.2 was released on October 5th, 2011.

KDE 4.8 is due out on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.8_Release_Schedule

Tuesday, March 6, 2012: KDE SC 4.8.1 release

Tuesday, April 3, 2012: KDE SC 4.8.2 release

Tuesday, May 1, 2012: KDE SC 4.8.3 release

Get it yet?

It is actually a trend now for major FOSS projects to have time-based (rather than feature-based) releases.

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