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01 December 2010, 13:37

Mozilla: Firefox 4 Beta 8 coming next Tuesday

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Firefox 4 Logo Originally scheduled to arrive on the 30th of November, the Mozilla Project has confirmed that it plans to ship the eighth beta for version 4 of its open source Firefox web browser on Tuesday, the 7th of December. According to Mozilla's Platform Meeting Minutes, the developers criteria for release for Firefox 4 Beta 8 is "no stability regressions from previous beta".

Mozilla says that Firefox 4 Beta 8 will ship at the same time as Firefox 4 Beta 3 for Mobile devices "in order to align on some sync changes" and that beta 8 will include stability fixes for graphics, JavaScript optimisations and various UI fixes related to the Add-ons manager. Based on the meeting notes from the 29th of November, the eight beta was being held by 29 blocker bugs. At the time of this writing, that number is now 18, two of them rated as critical.

Firefox 4 is the non-profit organisation's next-generation web browser based on version 2.0 of the Gecko rendering platform (the Firefox 3.6 branch uses Gecko 1.9.2) and features a new Add-ons Manager and extension management API. Other changes include a new 'tabs on top' layout, the integration of Firefox Sync, formerly known as Weave, and various new features aimed at web developers.

The latest stable release of Firefox is version 3.6.12, a security update that addressed a critical vulnerability, while the latest development preview is Firefox 4 Beta 7 from the 10th of November. A final release date for Firefox 4, has yet to be announced.

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