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Firefox 4 to See Official Release Next Month

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Who’s ready for Firefox 4?

A recent post on Mozilla’s developers mailing list suggests that the Mozilla Foundation is nearly ready to ship Firefox 4.

"We've worked tremendously hard on Firefox 4, and it's time to ship it," wrote Damon Sicore, Mozilla’s senior director of engineering. "I'm seeing the same burst of excitement and activity that we've seen in the endgame of every release. Over the past several days, component leads have again reduced their blockers by identifying hard blockers and those we can live without," he told developers, adding, "We've around 160 hard blockers remaining, and historically it has taken us six weeks to reach RC once we have 100 blockers left.  We must press hard now."

Sicore says the Mozilla team should aim to clear those by early February, with shipment of the final version of Mozilla Firefox 4 scheduled for the end of the month. The director of engineering told developers that they needed to reach RC status as quickly as possible and as such, it was important for everyone to be an active participant in testing. He specifically warned them not to disable Flash or Silverlight and asked that Windows users be especially vigilant about reporting issues such as crashes resulting from hardware acceleration. "Don't just assume that someone else has filed a bug already,” Damon said. “Make sure."

"I know you're all tired and stressed," he continued. "You all do incredible work every day, and you've built an amazing product. Stay focused. Be nice to each other. Firefox 4 is gonna kick ass, and you should be fiercely proud of it."

Read his entire message here.

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    dogman_1234 , January 14, 2011 1:23 AM
    Good. Can't wait. Hope you guys fixed the crash problem as well. Ohter than that...congrats to the Mozilla team.
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    Anonymous , January 14, 2011 1:33 AM
    "Releasex"? Is that Mozilla's new Private Browsing term?
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    TheFace , January 14, 2011 1:40 AM
    releasex... Nough said.
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    wiinippongamer , January 14, 2011 1:43 AM
    Your buggyness since 3.6 and all the updates made me sick with "not responding" messages, only use chrome now, way faster, much less bugs, has all the addons I need, I don't think I'll use firefox again in a long time.
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    JMcEntegart , January 14, 2011 1:45 AM
    topic_comment"Releasex"? Is that Mozilla's new Private Browsing term?

    Oops, all fixed! Thanks!
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    henydiah , January 14, 2011 1:46 AM
    i don't like firefox , i lke comet bird very simple
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    razor512 , January 14, 2011 2:15 AM
    They ruined the UI

    mainly with how extensions interact with the UI, this breaks many older extensions that are no longer updated by their developers. For many this means losing the reasons they use the browser in the first place.

    the status bar is also messed up, due to how some extensions interact they may create their own status bar causing the already screen space wasting UI to waste even more screen space.
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    kewlx , January 14, 2011 2:37 AM
    Sorry unless this thing speeds by and is simple looking yet very customizable, I don't want it.. just chrome :D 
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    xtremeways , January 14, 2011 2:50 AM
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    JOSHSKORN , January 14, 2011 3:02 AM
    Screw FF4, I'll take the Firefox Girl, though. :) 

    Really though, I'm intrigued to see how this works. I guess you can say I'm getting all "Googly-eyed" about dropping Google Chrome. Hopefully this will be the reason, although I'm REALLY liking Opera 11.
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    Benihana , January 14, 2011 4:23 AM
    I eagerly soil my pants in anticipation!
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    alyoshka , January 14, 2011 4:34 AM
    I still can't understand the Chrome syndrome, this browser that is Mozilla is undoubtedly the best, irrelevant of the crashes which some ppl experience but most others don't..... irrelevant of people trying to use other funny software with their browser and then complaining that it's the browser that's at fault......
    Even memory usage is way better and still the first 4 comments are of chaps who use Chrome :)  lol....... what were you looking for when you read the stick to commenting on Chromes ooh-la-la-ness...... you guys are better off that way....
    Looking forward to another greater product from the Mozilla crew......
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    iamtheking123 , January 14, 2011 4:50 AM
    Been running nightlies for a while. The browsing speed is *ridiculously* fast compared to 3.6. Everything feels like it loads 3x more agressively. Yeah they did stupid stuff like removing the status bar, but that can be fixed with the Statusbar-4-evar addon. Also most major addons have dev builds which support FF4. Most smaller addon developers aren't going to rewrite code until FF gets into RC stage (for ex...some addons that worked with b4 were broken with later betas).
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    dEAne , January 14, 2011 5:23 AM
    Hope it is all true - there are lots of competition to firefox and most have shown quite stable performance.
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    cybersans , January 14, 2011 5:51 AM
    i hope firefox 4 will be multi-threaded. seems like firefox is far behind IE8 (now IE9 beta) and other browser than can utilize multicore processor.
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    ZyxMEvEuuxcZ , January 14, 2011 8:58 AM
    Firefox4 is for me:
    good: faster
    bad: removed status bar, no color toolbar.
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    mitch074 , January 14, 2011 10:12 AM
    Firefox 4:

    - is much, MUCH faster than before

    - is multithreaded as much as 3.6.5+ for now, and the same, uses multiple processes: one process for the browser, one process to host the plugins (in case of plugins crashes (not like other browsers, that start a process per tab); while it doesn't help in case of browser bugs (a crash leads to the whole browser closing, Fx has the best crash recovery process of all I've tested

    - its UI is still as open to configuration as ever, and going back to its 'legacy' UI is but a few clicks away - and once you've restored the menus, you can restore the status bar

    - if Firefox 3.6 crashes a lot for you, I'd recommend backing up your shortcuts and security keys, make a list of your extensions, and then delete the user profile: more often than not, crashes are experienced due to accumulated cruft from version to version, a bad setting left behind by a plugin, a misapplied update etc. So a backup and restore should solve it. You could also open a Sync account, enable Firefox to backup all your personal settings, then delete the profile, and reconnect to Sync.

    I find Chrome's interface offensive, personally, and Opera too "fluffy" - but then it's a matter of personal taste.
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    nebun , January 14, 2011 11:28 AM
    Chrome gets slower with use, Mozilla all the way
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    nebun , January 14, 2011 11:29 AM
    ZyxMEvEuuxcZFirefox4 is for me:good: fasterbad: removed status bar, no color toolbar.

    why do you need a status bar? if the page loads that's all that matters
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    dalta centauri , January 14, 2011 11:31 AM
    I used firefox because Chrome has some problems I can't get used to. Ive uninstalled and reinstalled chrome to try it, but it takes around 5 or more refreshes for a page to respond or else it loads up as incomplete or as an error, where firefox hasn't done that before.
    I would like to see how the new firefox performs, hopefully great.
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