Feeds

Yet another delay hangs over release of Firefox 4

Microsoft's Hotmail among buggy culprits stalling showtime

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Mozilla is bracing itself for yet more beta releases and possibly another delay of its Firefox 4 browser.

The open-source web tool outfit pushed out a 10th test build of Firefox 4 last week. It has now confirmed that two more betas will definitely follow before a Release Candidate version of the browser lands.

"The current plan is to build when the remaining betaN hardblockers are done," said Firefox release manager Christian Legnitto in a blog post. "This is heavily dependent on fix and blocker creation rate. I will be doing some analysis to give people a possible date range, but as far as development is concerned everything is the same (fix as many betaN hardblockers as quickly as possible)."

Hotmail is one of the culprits hindering the process. Hundreds of people playing with the latest test build of Firefox 4 are struggling to read their emails via Microsoft's online web mail service.

"The problem begins after clicking on an email to preview it or going into a different folder. When I do this, the page continually reloads," wrote one tester.

Worse still, some are anxious that the Hotmail bug may stall the release of Firefox 4, because the team needs to rely on Redmond's help with the bug.

"Being able to browse the web with Firefox means relying on third parties to maintain compatible code all the time," wrote Henri Sivonen, who is an independent contractor consulting for the Mozilla Corporation.

"This wasn't a Gecko [Mozilla's web platform] regression around Jan 18th. It was a change to Hotmail code around Jan 18th, so it's pretty reasonable to apply the fix to Hotmail code.

"I realise that it's inconvenient for beta users to wait for the fix to get deployed, but I'd like to ask for a bit of patience here. Unfortunately, beta testing comes with a higher risk of incidents like this than using 'final' browser releases."

On top of that, Mozilla could yet unleash a 13th beta of Firefox 4 if it fails to squash any remaining severe bugs in the feature-complete browser.

"B12 has a small enough list of bugs that it's plausible it will be the last beta, though we're not locking that up, since some of the plugin work needs to crystallize before we can assess timing risk," reads Mozilla's latest meeting notes.

The organisation has been slowly working towards a tentative late February release date. But the introduction of more test builds suggest the team might miss that schedule, which could once again push back the arrival of Firefox 4. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email
Print this article out and give it to someone tech-y if you get stuck
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.