Mozilla is hoping that the third time is the charm for its next-generation
Firefox 2.0 Web browser.
“The difference between RC2 and RC3 is basically a small set of some
stability fixes and some small security issues that we wanted to make sure
made the release,” Mozilla’s vice president for engineering, Mike Schroepfer
Beyond what’s in RC3, Schroepfer noted that there are no other release
blockers or major bugs that Mozilla has on the radar before the final
Firefox 2.0 release.
“So basically at this point we’re releasing RC3 to get wider feedback;
depending on that feedback RC3 may end up becoming that final release,”
Mozilla began its public Firefox 2.0 release cycle earlier this year with an Alpha 1 release.
The new browser has since gone through two betas and
now three release candidates. Almost from the beginning of the process
Mozilla developers had been targeting an October release, and it now looks
like they’ll meet that target.
“Our goal long had been release for the end of the month but the goal is
more about quality than a specific date,” Schroepfer said. “So honestly it’s
going to depend on the feedback from RC3. If there are no show stoppers in
RC3 then we should be able to hit the end of the month no problem. ”
Firefox 2.0 includes stability and bug fixes over its predecessors in the
currently stable Firefox 1.5.x branch.
Mozilla Firefox’s principal competitor and the current browser leader
Microsoft Internet Explorer is set to release its latest update this month
Currently IE 7 is in its RC1 cycle.
In a recent online chat, Microsoft developers said that IE 7 would be out this month
and that it would be part of Microsoft’s Automatic Updates in November.