Firefox 4 Alpha

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 11, 2008
Updated • Mar 18, 2012

Don't jump to conclusions just yet. Some blogs (Tech Today started it I guess) are reporting that a first pre release alpha of Firefox 4 has been added to the official Mozilla ftp website and I would like to use this article to clarify a few points made. Tech Today claims that this is actually an official Firefox 4 alpha release while it is actually a pre-alpha build, also known as a trunk build.

There is no decision on the codename for Firefox 4 yet, it is definitely not Minefield which refers to the 1.9 trunk that Firefox 3 is being developed on. Remember that the codename for Firefox 3 is Gran Paradiso. Neither the trunk for Firefox 4 nor the browser itself have been codenamed yet.

Which leads to the conclusion that the Tech Today blog excited about the discovery published inaccurate news which is probably leading to some confusion in the community.


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  1. sandy said on January 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    fake publish

  2. nimd4 said on December 30, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Mr. Martin, the site you listed, Tech Today has the following text:

    “After Internet Explorer 8 it’s now time for Firefox 4 Alpha codenamed Minesfield.”

    Just for the uninitiated, it’s “Minefield” and it’s not version 4 specific. That is the name used for those kinds of builds (for this particular build & with that blue icon/graphic presented on that page), by the developers.

    Anyway, why link to them and why have they posted such nonsense escapes me (actually, I’ve got a pretty good idea, but enough is enough). xd


    Also, misspelling Minefield is amusing in itself (ffs :)).

  3. yoyoyo said on December 30, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Firefox 4 designer still doesn`t know how new firefox 4 will look :D so ya all have to wait a bit :)

  4. calebstein said on November 30, 2009 at 5:13 am

    There is no Firefox 4.0, the latest trunk is 3.7

  5. Anonymous said on August 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    you M*****F****rs there is no firefox 4 till date

  6. adrian said on June 22, 2009 at 12:38 am

    There WILL be a Firefox 4, you can read up the news yourself

  7. Cris McConkey said on June 10, 2009 at 2:56 am

    FF3 has been incompatible with Quicktime Streaming Media originating from Darwin Streaming Server. This problem was observed with the first release of FF3. I tried to find a regression range to bracket when the problem may have developed, but once it became clear that the framewoerk itself is at fault, interest in finding a solution evaporated. Here is my bug report on the issue:

    I am pessimistic that the problem will be addressed with FF4. Opera works fine. Safari is works fine. Firefox sucks.

    1. nimd4 said on December 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm

      Mr. McDonkey,

      Apple, the monopolistic company of the day, forces out some technology that no one sane really cares about & it’ll not work on your box… Boo-hoo. :)

  8. Hanneman1011 said on March 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    The link to Firefox 4, is not 4 it is the link to Minefield. It runs better than any browser out there but still has some bugs in it.

  9. D-Milli said on March 6, 2009 at 3:02 am

    They’re working on 3.1 build to try and be finished by the end of the year, why would there be a Firefox 4? Completely false news, nothing but a mere rumor.

  10. XDD said on January 12, 2009 at 10:13 am

    do u think there will be more firefoxes after 3 or 4?

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    Have a nice day and keep spirit for you all… :)

    Thanks & Regards

  12. Xian said on December 4, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Let’s hope Firefox 4 is as fast as Chrome, or at least faster than Explorer 8!

  13. Anonymous said on November 13, 2008 at 7:39 am

    i went to the link thats no firefox 4.0

  14. jordan said on September 30, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    the codename is shiretoko

  15. Qemu32 said on March 17, 2008 at 7:48 am

    I just downloaded Firefox 4, it is real and is pretty nice. The link is here:

  16. Thinker said on March 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I’m still waiting for FF 3 offical release ;]

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