Mozilla hopes to release Firefox 4 next month

By on January 12, 2011, 1:01 PM
Damon Sicore, Senior Director of Platform Engineering at Mozilla, has announced that the company is almost ready to ship Firefox 4. On its mailing list, Mozilla has revealed it has around 160 hard blockers to fix, before proceeding to Release Candidate stage. Both the RC and the final version would arrive in February, according to Sicore.

Mozilla was originally planning on having Firefox 4 out by the end of last year, but it had to delay the release till 2011. Last month, Firefox 4 Beta 8 was released for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux 32-bit/64-bit, with support for 57 languages. Mozilla's roadmap says it still wants to release a Beta 9, a Beta 10, and at least one Release Candidate build before the final version.

Mozilla's Firefox recently overtook Microsoft's Internet Explorer to become the most popular browser in Europe. Worldwide though, the browser's market share has largely stagnated.

Here is the full message, posted on mozilla.dev.planning:

Team,

We've worked tremendously hard on Firefox 4, and it's time to ship it. I'm seeing the same burst of excitement and activity that we've seen in the endgame of every release. Over the past several days, component leads have again reduced their blockers by identifying hard blockers and those we can live without. We've around 160 hard blockers remaining, and historically it has taken us six weeks to reach RC once we have 100 blockers left. We must press hard now.

To Finish:

1) We have to reach Release Candidate status as quickly as possible, ideally finishing the hard blockers by the beginning of February and shipping final before the end of February. We'll need your help to balance these targets against the need to build a high quality product.

2) Bug counts demand another beta. We'll drive the beta bugs to zero and ship another beta. If we can't get them to zero in reasonable time, we'll repeat, deliberately. It depends on how quickly we can drive down the list of hard blockers that need beta feedback. This is our top development priority, since it pushes the rest of our schedule.

3) We need *everyone* to help in testing. Specifically: Do not disable Flash, Silverlight, or other major plugins as we need as many people testing these as possible. Windows users: We need to know if you are affected by hardware acceleration causing crashes or other issues. Don't just assume that someone else has filed a bug already. Make sure. Ask someone if you don't know how. This is very important.

MOST IMPORTANT: We must ship the best possible product we can. If a blocker needs more time, tell release drivers and component leads immediately. If you disagree with a blocking call, say so loudly. Do not be timid. This is your product, we need you to own it.

I know you're all tired and stressed. You all do incredible work every day, and you've built an amazing product. Stay focused. Be nice to each other. Firefox 4 is gonna kick ass, and you should be fiercely proud of it.

All my best,

Damon





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gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I've been pretty unimpressed with the beta of 4. It loads pages noticeably slower than before, hangs up for a few seconds here and there, and actually crashed a few times, which 3.X never did. Maybe its the plugins, but dunno, something is off.

yowanvista yowanvista said:

Never got any of these issues

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I did get those issues until I removed my addons, and improved in speed dramatically between beta 7 to 8.

Krystianb said:

Use Google Chrome, it's faster.

Jibberish18 said:

Beta 8 is MUCH more stable than Beta 7 but I have had some issues for Windows. I'd be lying if I said I didn't wish Firefox 4 was more exciting than it currently is.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I did get those issues until I removed my addons, and improved in speed dramatically between beta 7 to 8.

That may be a solution, but if I can't use Adblock and NoScript, my reasons for using Firefox to the exclusion of other browsers rapidly disappear.

Guest said:

I expected a little more innovation from Mozilla. The browser world is much more competitive these days. chance

princeton princeton said:

Also benchmarks have shown chrome is only marginally faster at best.

Firefox 4 is quite fast for me.

Tedster Tedster, Techspot old timer....., said:

*yawn*... how many times have we heard this story? almost as many times as we have heard verizon is getting an iphone..... big deal.... enough talk already... DO IT!

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

Who cares what browser is the fastest. All kinds of things can contribute to pages loading slow or fast. Just remember..The porn is still gonna be there.

Jibberish18 said:

darkshadoe said:

Just remember..The porn is still gonna be there.

Truer words have not been spoken.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Krystianb said:

Use Google Chrome, it's faster.

Simple Answer?

No.

Jibberish18 said:

Krystianb said:

Use Google Chrome, it's faster.

Actually, if you use a benchmark such as Peacekeeper then yes, Google Chrome is MUCH faster than Firefox 4. The only other browser to keep up if not surpass Chrome is Opera 11. Keep in mind Peacekeeper uses a series of tests to measure up a browser. Look at results and even though Opera and Chrome are neck and neck, they both excel at different things. Now if you look at benchmarks such as SunSpider for java script , Firefox 4 seems to do as well as Chrome if not better at points. People should always use benchmarks to compare things.

Jibberish18 said:

I meant "shouldn't" use benchmarks to compare things ^^^^^^

Ahmed90 Ahmed90 said:

lol @ people who talk about the speed ITS FASTER

.. by how many "ms" ? -.-

Guest said:

Testing with all the flashy and spammy plugins like Flash but not absolute necessities like AdBlock is quite pointless unless you specifically want to tickle possible crashes on those plugins.

Speed comparisons get especially ridiculous: without AdBlock, Chrome has a slight edge. With it, Firefox 4 totally blows Chrome out, results like Chrome 35s Firefox 8s are typical (CNN main page, recently visited but after a browser restart, the same set of junk blocked in Chome's and Firefox' adblocks, very slow machine (P4-era Celeron) with enough memory, Debian Squeeze, times measured by a hand watch rather than java script ).

Jibberish18 said:

ahmed90 said:

lol @ people who talk about the speed ITS FASTER

.. by how many "ms" ? -.-

You'd be surprised how noticeable "ms" are. For example, I just setup Macros to run for me to help me speed up work, with Microsoft Intellitype as I use a Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse combo. The different between 50 & 60 ms is very noticeable. It becomes less and less noticeable when you're on the web because of so many different variables but technically speaking, in a PERFECT scenario, ms matter.

Ahmed90 Ahmed90 said:

Jibberish18 said:

ahmed90 said:

lol @ people who talk about the speed ITS FASTER

.. by how many "ms" ? -.-

You'd be surprised how noticeable "ms" are. For example, I just setup Macros to run for me to help me speed up work, with Microsoft Intellitype as I use a Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse combo. The different between 50 & 60 ms is very noticeable. It becomes less and less noticeable when you're on the web because of so many different variables but technically speaking, in a PERFECT scenario, ms matter.

it dose matter in your case (input device)

but as you just said in the (technically Perfect!! scenario ) which is false on most of everyday internet browsing

the speed difference in most web browsers benchmarks is just on the technical level @ the end of the day its very very small factor for most "normal" web users

fpsgamerJR62 said:

The release date of the final version of Firefox 4 can't come soon enough for Mozilla. Opera released version 11 last month and by February, the stable version of Chrome will probably be at version 9 already. A February release date will at least enable Mozilla to have Firefox 4 out ahead of Internet Explorer 9 which is expected out later this year. I typically use as many as 3 different browsers in a single PC and I can say from my own experience that there is very little noticeable difference among these modern browsers when it comes to surfing the Net unless you're still using IE 8 and below. But then again, who uses IE for anything other than Windows Update when there are excellent alternative browsers available ?

Guest said:

Same Answer again:

No to Chrome

Guest said:

never, Google Chrome sucks, FIREFOX rock's

long time firefox user. since first v ersion

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