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02 June 2010, 16:50

Mozilla delays Firefox 3.6.4

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Firefox Logo Originally expected for today, Mozilla has confirmed that it is delaying the the release of version 3.6.4 of its open source Firefox web browser, the next security and stability update to the 3.6.x branch of Firefox. Instead, Mozilla has announced the availability of a release candidate for public testing.

The Firefox 3.6.4 release candidate addresses several bugs found in the previous beta. The 3.6.4 update includes, for example, technology from the Mozilla Lorentz Project. Lorentz is designed to bring full process isolation to Firefox, separating web pages and plug-ins from the main browser by running them in their own processes. When a web page or plug-in crashes, with process isolation, the rest of the browser is unaffected by the failure, resulting in a more reliable browser.

The developers note that, should no issues be found during testing of the RC, it will officially be released as Firefox 3.6.4. However, a final release date for Firefox 3.6.4 has yet to be confirmed. As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.

More details about the development preview, including a list of known issues, can be found in the Mozilla Developer Center news announcement and in the release notes. The Firefox 3.6.4 release candidate is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the project's web site.

Firefox binaries are released under the Mozilla Firefox End-User Software License Agreement and the source code is released under disjunctive tri-licensing that includes the Mozilla Public Licence, GPLv2 and LGPLv2.1.The latest stable release of Firefox is version 3.6.3 from the beginning of April.

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