Firefox 3.6 Reaches Alpha Release

Netstat -vat by Sean Michael Kerner (bio)

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sr-firefox3.jpgFrom the “ongoing development” files:

The first Alpha milestone release of Firefox 3.6, codenamed Namoroka, is now out. The early indication from Mozilla developers is that this release will be out in less time than it took to put out Firefox 3.5.

Firefox 3.5 was originally supposed to be Firefox 3.1 and got stretched out to a year of development after the Firefox 3.0 release.

“Unlike the year that passed between Firefox 3 and Firefox 3.5, we expect that this 3.6 release will be released in a small number of months,” Mozilla’s Christopher Blizzard blogged. “Our main focus for the 3.6 release will be end-user perceived performance, TraceMonkey and DOM performance and new web developer features.”

When 3.6 was first announced in April of this year, one of the key release goals was faster startup time — and it will be interesting to see as the milestones are released how that is achieved. At the time of the first 3.6 announcement, 3.6 was pegged for a mid-2010 release — given Blizzard’s comments, now we might well see Firefox 3.6 somewhat sooner.

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