Mozilla marks June for Firefox 3.5 release candidate
Code freeze expected next week
Mozilla plans to spin out the release candidate version of Firefox 3.5 in the first week of June.
The browser maker’s director Mike Beltzner confirmed late yesterday that Mozilla was “setting an aggressive code freeze target of next Wednesday, May 20th for Firefox 3.5 RC”.
He added that the Firefox team was down to 52 code blockers and 12 non-code blockers, and said progress had been “great”.
Mozilla will freeze code next Wednesday and then begin producing the release candidate, or near-ready, version of Firefox 3.5 in the final week of May.
The release candidate should then land in the first week of June, if Mozilla isn’t hit by any show-stopping bugs between now and then.
Mozilla has consistently been set back with the development of its forthcoming browser. It was previously dubbed Firefox 3.1 and had been expected to arrive in December 2008.
WOOO!! I have found mr less than 0.5% of the browser market!! Good on you old Opera boy!
2 big Innovations in FF 3.5 I am eagerly expecting
1. @font-face CSS tag that can download a font off the web. Combined with the Open Font Library this could be distruptive technology. Or at least eat commercial font design house's lunch.
2. Video tag with built-in codec. Standard web video without the plug-in mess!
Opera? Yes, it is quite fast, I'll grant that and yes, FF3.0 is a bit slow and bloaty (especially on Jaunty, WTF is up with that?)
Funnily enough I just spent an hour playing with Opera 9.5 because of the slowness I've been experiencing since the Jaunty upgrade. I must say liked Opera's comparative speed but the lack of an equivalent to Firefox's "Bookmark Toolbar" was a deal breaker. I tried the "Personal Toolbar" but it doesn't (appear to) allow changing the favicons for any bookmarks you put there so that wont work. Also, the fact that bookmark sync with xmarks (foxmarks) is also unsupported meant I'm still on FF. I am going to keep Opera to use effectively as an email client as gmail is terribly slow on Jaunty+Firefox.
Might check out the FF beta and see how that goes.