Mozilla delays third Firefox 3.1 beta
Pesky bugs stall progress
Mozilla Corporation has pushed back the release of the third, and possibly final, beta for Firefox 3.1 by a week to allow the firm to fix some bugs in the upcoming version of its open source browser.
The beta had been expected to land on 26 January, but Mozilla has delayed the release to 2 February to allow it time to fix some glitches in the InternetExplorerChromeSafari rival surfing tool.
"Due to the large number of outstanding P1 blockers, we are declaring a code slip," Mozilla said on its website earlier this week. “P1” is Mozilla lingo for the worst offending glitches that remain unsolved in its browser.
However, despite the minor delay, Mozilla insists it’s still on target to ship Firefox 3.1 late in the first quarter.
Of course, the firm originally – somewhat optimistically – earmarked late 2008 for the release of the latest version of its browser even though Firefox 3.0 wasn’t unleashed onto the interwebs until June last year.
There are 15 P1 flaws, including issues with its “Private Browsing” mode, waiting to be fixed by Mozilla developers before the third beta can be released.
In July last year, Mozilla claimed that the transition to Firefox 3.1 wouldn’t be “a major pain-in-the-ass” and pledged developers wouldn’t be hit by “surprises along the way”.
That declaration came after the company royally hacked off users with the 3.0 launch when servers collapsed under the “strain” of its much-hyped
Download Day PR stunt to score a Guinness World Record. ®
Resizable text areas
Re: Si "I don't care how much RAM Firefox uses."
Resizable text areas are available in firefox as an extension which i've been using for ages without a hitch - strangely enough, its called resizable textareas - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3818
"“P1” is Mozilla lingo for the worst offending glitches that remain unsolved in its browser."
P1 through P5 are priority codes used in Bugzilla (for example) to track severity of bugs, with P1 being "show stoppers" and P5 being "we might get around to fixing it if we run out of beer and have nothing else to do".
" ...why on my 4gb machine windows only shows 3gb.
Can't XP address more than 3gb?
And if it has allocated 1gb, I'd like to know what has it!"
Pretty sure it can only address 3.5gb of it, since that's all that shows on my XP machine with 4gb of RAM.
How about the ability to save bookmarks without having to backup to a .json file, or some such silly maneuver, every time you add one you'd like to keep. Is that a legitimate request in your imminence's realm?