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Mozilla wants to release Firefox 5 before June 21st

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Apr 2011 15:40 User comments (25)

Mozilla wants to release Firefox 5 before June 21st Facing ever-increasing competition from Google's Chrome and even Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla has announced that it will be moving to a more aggressive timetable for its Firefox browser, with Firefox 5 expected before June 21st.
Firefox 4 was released just last month, after over a year of development and delays.

Even more shockingly, Mozilla expects to release Firefox 6 just 60 days later, at the end of August.

Following in Chrome's footsteps, Mozilla is moving to a faster development cycle. Despite being released in 2008, Chrome is already in version 11 (beta for users) and version 12 (beta for developers).

Chrome uses four-channels to continually add features to Chrome, "nightly," "dev," "beta" and "stable." Because of this, there is a new version of Chrome (usually) every two months.

CW explains what Mozilla will need to do to meet the tight deadlines: "Mozilla will add features to Firefox as it goes. If a feature is not ready for the first of the four channels -- what the company calls "nightlies" as well as "Mozilla central" -- it will not be added later to the aurora or beta builds. Features with problems will be backed out of an edition -- say Firefox 5 -- and deferred until the next in line."

NetApplications reveals browser market share as follows: Internet Explorer at 56 percent, Firefox at 21.80 percent and Chrome at 11.57 percent.

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25 user comments

19.4.2011 15:49

This whole version rush is retarded and needs to stop... If people are stupid enough to think that a higher version means it's better than just let em. They're a worthless bunch of morons anyway.

29.4.2011 16:27

Firefox has lost a little of it's luster over the years that made it a success. Lots of original bugs remain to be fixed even today. Add an decreased time frame to develop the next version and all you do is increase the bug count. Firefox will do to themselves what they did to Thunderbird if they continue.

39.4.2011 16:32

It's probably because Firefox 4 sucks!!! It's horrible! It's slow. I have to re-load A LOT just to get the page to load. It's buggy. It doesn't play videos well. The features are dumb! The home page button is all the way to the right away from the other links...same with the re-load button.

49.4.2011 16:33

Why don't they just combine those features into firefox 4 and make it version 4.5


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59.4.2011 17:53

Originally posted by SupermanHere:
It's probably because Firefox 4 sucks!!! It's horrible! It's slow. I have to re-load A LOT just to get the page to load. It's buggy. It doesn't play videos well. The features are dumb! The home page button is all the way to the right away from the other links...same with the re-load button.
Are you retarded or something? Firefox 4 is actually much faster than 3.xx..
As for the buggy/slow you talk about I've seen no such issues.
Videos play fine and the entire interface can be modified to your will.
If you don't like the placement of the buttons move them and shut the *bleep*.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Apr 2011 @ 10:45

69.4.2011 18:26

Originally posted by SupermanHere:
It's probably because Firefox 4 sucks!!! It's horrible! It's slow. I have to re-load A LOT just to get the page to load. It's buggy. It doesn't play videos well. The features are dumb! The home page button is all the way to the right away from the other links...same with the re-load button.
serously ? what kind of retarded computer are you using ? probably virus laden from IE that you love soo much.

i have been using FF since it was released and each version has been better then the last....im currently using FF4 and its bloody brilliant.....soo many things to customise (not talking about the extentions and plugins here) in about:config

79.4.2011 19:38

Originally posted by JGJD2001:
Originally posted by SupermanHere:
It's probably because Firefox 4 sucks!!! It's horrible! It's slow. I have to re-load A LOT just to get the page to load. It's buggy. It doesn't play videos well. The features are dumb! The home page button is all the way to the right away from the other links...same with the re-load button.
serously ? what kind of retarded computer are you using ? probably virus laden from IE that you love soo much.

i have been using FF since it was released and each version has been better then the last....im currently using FF4 and its bloody brilliant.....soo many things to customise (not talking about the extentions and plugins here) in about:config
I concur...must be using some sort of a sh!@te computer...


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89.4.2011 20:07

Originally posted by SupermanHere:
It's probably because Firefox 4 sucks!!! It's horrible! It's slow. I have to re-load A LOT just to get the page to load. It's buggy. It doesn't play videos well. The features are dumb! The home page button is all the way to the right away from the other links...same with the re-load button.
Depends if your comps late enough to run it,try pale moon instead it's a derivative of firefox,it also has cpu specific versions

99.4.2011 20:25
lissenup3
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Originally posted by hikaricor:
This whole version rush is retarded and needs to stop... If people are stupid enough to think that a higher version means it's better than just let em. They're a worthless bunch of morons anyway.
Could not have said this better!

109.4.2011 22:28

Originally posted by v1nce:
Add an decreased time frame to develop the next version and all you do is increase the bug count.

Not necessarily. The rapid-release model actually does have the advantage of quicker feedback, whether it be positive or negative. The more frequent releases mean that new bugs and features hit the general public quicker. Hence problems are more likely to be reported - and subsequently solved - quicker.

119.4.2011 23:14

Originally posted by nonoitall:
Originally posted by v1nce:
Add an decreased time frame to develop the next version and all you do is increase the bug count.

Not necessarily. The rapid-release model actually does have the advantage of quicker feedback, whether it be positive or negative. The more frequent releases mean that new bugs and features hit the general public quicker. Hence problems are more likely to be reported - and subsequently solved - quicker.
Commonly referred to as beta's..lol..

1210.4.2011 3:11
firefoxwhores
Unverified new user

give me refspoof, forecastfox and skipscreen or firefox 4 can go beat itself off

1310.4.2011 15:38
unix@linux
Unverified new user

Googlw Chrome Should emerge with Firefox.After all, they're both based on Linux(Linux rules!)

1410.4.2011 16:46

Originally posted by firefoxwhores:
give me refspoof, forecastfox and skipscreen or firefox 4 can go beat itself off
Install this addon and you'll be able to enable old addons:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/add-on-compatibility-reporter/

I can say for sure that skipscreen works exactly as it should, but others may not. Best of luck. :)

1510.4.2011 17:02

Originally posted by SupermanHere:
It's probably because Firefox 4 sucks!!! It's horrible! It's slow. I have to re-load A LOT just to get the page to load. It's buggy. It doesn't play videos well. The features are dumb! The home page button is all the way to the right away from the other links...same with the re-load button.
Yeah, it keeps freezing on Youtube everything else is the same though.

1610.4.2011 17:11

Maybe they think switching to whole numbers will sound more impressive, al la DoubleClick Installer, I mean Chrome.

Surely, they can't be significant ground-up reworkings, can they? In other words, it's just the same old updating it always was.


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1710.4.2011 22:38

Originally posted by scorpNZ:
Originally posted by nonoitall:
Not necessarily. The rapid-release model actually does have the advantage of quicker feedback, whether it be positive or negative. The more frequent releases mean that new bugs and features hit the general public quicker. Hence problems are more likely to be reported - and subsequently solved - quicker.
Commonly referred to as beta's..lol..

The trouble with betas in FF's old release model is that relatively few people try them, and only a subset of those people provide meaningful feedback. With more frequent full releases, new developments will get a larger review quicker, hastening the fixing of bugs and the refining of new features.

1811.4.2011 8:38

.....a version number upgrade generally notes a re working of the main part of the application.

If 5 is not less resource hungry then what is the point of the new number?


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1912.4.2011 6:52
outsourcing company
Unverified new user

This is something to be expected after all of those releases. I like Firefox much more than any browser but releasing a month after the version 5 is somewhat ironic.

203.5.2011 17:16

Originally posted by hikaricor:
This whole version rush is retarded and needs to stop... If people are stupid enough to think that a higher version means it's better than just let em. They're a worthless bunch of morons anyway.

Calling people morons is very disrespectful.

I also respectfully disagree with the whole version rush being "retarded" it isn't.

Mozilla is known for making sure that security fixes and bugs are addressed before each stable release is released.

Kudos to Mozilla. :)

213.5.2011 17:20

Originally posted by JGJD2001:
Originally posted by SupermanHere:
It's probably because Firefox 4 sucks!!! It's horrible! It's slow. I have to re-load A LOT just to get the page to load. It's buggy. It doesn't play videos well. The features are dumb! The home page button is all the way to the right away from the other links...same with the re-load button.
serously ? what kind of retarded computer are you using ? probably virus laden from IE that you love soo much.

i have been using FF since it was released and each version has been better then the last....im currently using FF4 and its bloody brilliant.....soo many things to customise (not talking about the extentions and plugins here) in about:config

I've also used FF since the beginning. And each and every release is brilliant. Customizable, safe and secure. Not to mention you can clear your browser cache quickly and efficiently. about:config and about:cache ;)

223.5.2011 17:29

Kudos to Mozilla for doing this and I commend them. I've been using Firefox since the beginning. Each and every release has been brilliant. They take time to address the issues and the browser is the way I want to use it, not the other way around. They are competing against two mega corporations and are doing what they need to do to keep up in the browser wars. Why shouldn't they? This is what the users of Firefox have been asking for. They don't want to wait for the next stable release as long as they have in the past. Also Mozilla addresses each and every issue in the browser whether it be security, extensions, memory, bug fixes, etc.
I'm a computer instructor/tech/IT and have been in the computer field for over thirty years. I have tested many browsers over the years and personally use Firefox on my home computer. It is THE BEST. I recommend it to all my clients. Wouldn't be without it. Am looking forward to seeing the next release of Firefox and the wonderful ones thereafter. I give this browser an A+. :-D

233.5.2011 23:35

LComputer, post padding?
12. Repeated posts to increase total number of posts is not allowed. Especially if your message is the last in the thread, edit it rather than post a new message.

244.5.2011 10:45

My sincerest apologies ddp and to the other members. I never intended it to be post padding. *oops* Am new to this board. Thank you for the information. :)

255.5.2011 11:05

LComputer

Security fixes do not need a whole version change to take place.The only reason they are attempting such a silly inane motion is to get the version number up to where IE is in a vain attempt to gain users..


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