Firefox 3.5: What's in a Browser Number?
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From the "tomAYto, tomAHto" files:
At the end of February, I wrote about Mozilla developers calling for Firefox 3.1 to be renamed Firefox 3.5. It's now official, so the next Firefox new version release will be Firefox 3.5.
Firefox 3.1 is currently at Beta 2 with a third Beta coming as soon as this week.
The reasons for moving the name from Firefox 3.1 to 3.5 are relatively simply. The release has taken more time than initially expected and the release contains more significant features than a simple x.1 release would normally indicate.
However, the jump to Firefox 3.5 doesn't mean that Mozilla is now adding more into what was known as Firefox 3.1.
"It's important to note that 3.5 represents a better labeling of our *current* scope, and not an indication that we intend to significantly increase this release's scope any further," Mozilla's Mike Shaver wrote in a mailing list posting. "Beta 3 will be the last milestone release with the 3.1 version number, and Firefox 3.5b4 will be the following one."
Frankly, I'm not sure why it wasn't labeled 3.5 (or perhaps even Firefox 4) earlier.