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08 April 2011, 10:47

Firefox 5 coming 21 June?

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Firefox Logo According to a draft roadmap published on GitHub, the next version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser is scheduled to be released on 21 June. Next week, Firefox 5 is to enter what Mozilla calls the "aurora phase", followed five weeks later by the beta phase. During the aurora (alpha) phase for Firefox 5, the development cycle for Firefox 6 is to begin on 12 April. Generally, the phases take six weeks, but they are to be shorter for Firefox 5 because of overlap during the development of Firefox 4.

Zoom The roadmap for the phases of Firefox 5.
In February, Mozilla announced that major releases were to be produced after shorter intervals. As a result, users could see up to four new versions of the browser, up to Firefox 7, arrive this year. Mozilla says there are to be different update channels for Firefox similar to the way Google releases updates for its Chrome browser: "nightly", "aurora", "beta" and the "release channel." Mozilla expects up to 100,000 users (most of them developers) for its "nightly channel" and a million for the "Aurora Channel" – mainly "power users" who are willing to work with a version that is not yet stable. These releases will not use a standard Firefox icon, instead opting for a new "Nightly" or "Aurora" icon.

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