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14 September 2010, 10:37

Mozilla renames Firefox 4 Beta 6 to Beta 7

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Firefox 4 Logo The Mozilla Project developers have announced that the previously planned Beta 6 release of Firefox 4 will be renamed Beta 7 and that a "small" sixth beta will now be inserted into the release schedule. According to a post on the Mozilla Developer Center blog by Firefox development director Mike Beltzner, a Beta 6 release for version 4.0 of the open source Firefox web browser will arrive later today (Tuesday).

Firefox 4 Beta 6 will reportedly address a number of issues found in previous development releases, including a critical stability issue on Windows systems. Beltzner notes that a problem related to plugins on Mac OS X that caused rendering and keyboard/mouse focus issues, that left key presses ignored or overlaid grey panels that obscured web pages, has been corrected. Beta 7 will be considered to be the "feature freeze milestone" and is tentatively planned for the "2nd half of September".

The current development release of Firefox 4 is the fifth beta published on the 7th of September. The first release candidate for Firefox 4 is scheduled to arrive in the second half of October. A final release date for Firefox 4, however, has yet to be announced.

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 3.6.9, a security and maintenance update that addressed a number of critical vulnerabilities.

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