Firefox 4 to See Official Release Next Month

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.

  • dogman_1234
    Good. Can't wait. Hope you guys fixed the crash problem as well. Ohter than that...congrats to the Mozilla team.
  • "Releasex"? Is that Mozilla's new Private Browsing term?
  • TheFace
    releasex... Nough said.
  • wiinippongamer
    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.
  • JMcEntegart
    topic_comment"Releasex"? Is that Mozilla's new Private Browsing term?
    Oops, all fixed! Thanks!
  • henydiah
    i don't like firefox , i lke comet bird very simple
  • razor512
    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    mainly with how extensions interact with the UI, this breaks many older extensions that are no longer updated by their developers.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.
  • kewlx
    Sorry unless this thing speeds by and is simple looking yet very customizable, I don't want it.. just chrome :D
  • xtremeways
    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.