Feeds

Mozilla confirms Firefox 4 beta 12 is FINAL test build

Thanks for clearing that up, but what about the blasted Hotmail bug?

High performance access to file storage

Mozilla release manager Christian Legnitto confirmed in the early hours of this morning that there will be just one more beta of Firefox 4 before the upcoming but oft-delayed browser hits Release Candidate status.

"I just wanted to send a quick note clarifying again that Firefox 4 beta 12 is the last planned beta," he said.

"It may be confusing that nightly builds after beta 12 identify themselves as version 2.0b13pre. The versioning is merely a product of automation. This DOES NOT mean we are having a beta 13."

As The Register has previously reported, Mozilla wonks have been mulling a 13th beta of Firefox 4 to help nail the final bugs in the browser before spinning out a Release Candidate build.

The open source outfit had been hoping to kick Firefox 4 out the door by the end of this month, but it looks certain to fall into a March release date now.

One of the show-stopping bugs giving the Mozilla team sleepless nights involved an issue with testers struggling to read their emails via Microsoft's online webmail service, Hotmail.

A code change Redmond slipped into Hotmail on 18 January caused ugly interface glitches for Firefox 4 testers.

A freelance Mozilla consultant confirmed on Twitter this morning that he had applied a fix of sorts to that particular bug.

"Firefox was the last major browser not to have site-specific hacks. I just wrote a hostname-triggered workaround just for Hotmail. :-(" Henri Sivonen tweeted on his account.

He explained his method in a Mozilla bug thread here. But Sivonen warned that he would "still very much like Hotmail to deploy their patch, because the old parser is going away after Firefox 4".

As we noted previously, some testers and Mozilla folk have been anxious about the Hotmail bug, which may possibly stall the release of Firefox 4, because the team needs to rely on Redmond's help to fix the glitch. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech
Grab 'near-final' version of next Enterprise Linux next week
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.