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The planned release of a full fat version of Mozilla’s Firefox 3.6.4 browser has been pushed back to an unspecified date sometime this month.

The open source outfit was expected to unleash Firefox 3.6.4 today, after letting loose a Release Candidate of the browser last weekend.

It seems that Mozilla has delayed the release by a few weeks while it irons out any issues found in the RC build of the browser.

Firefox 3.6.4 is supposed to offer surfers a more stable browsing experience than its siblings. Many users have been troubled by Firefox’s increasingly regular wobbles, so Mozilla has been keen to address those problems with this release.

It noted that Firefox 3.6.4 “will include the Crash Protection for ‘out of process plugins’ feature to help create a smoother, faster and more secure browsing experience for users”.

Mozilla said early testing was positive and showed that the feature protected users from a “significant number of the browser crashes” Firefox surfers grumble about.

Test builds of Firefox 3.6.4 started arriving in April this year, when Mozilla debuted its "Lorentz" project, which it hoped would stabilise browsing for Windows and Linux users when Adobe's Flash, Apple's Quicktime and Microsoft's Silverlight plugins go tits-up during a surfing session.

Testing the frequency of crashes in Firefox 3.6.4 and isolating them is key to the success of this iteration of Mozilla's popular browser, no wonder then that the team is being slightly hesitant with the final release.

The Release Candidate can be downloaded here, and Mozilla has the full rundown of what’s included in this version here. ®

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