It took a very long time from Firefox 3 to Firefox 4. Guess how long it will take from Firefox 4 to Firefox 5! According to plans published in Mozilla's Weekly Engineering Newsletter not that long, or does months sound like a long time? Plans are to follow Google Chrome's footsteps at least in the development cycle.
"Cast a colder eye on your blockers. Some of them can wait for a dot release or Firefox 5 that I do believe will be only months after 4 comes out. We are going to a fast release cycle. It serves our users better. To do that we have to get this touch and go done with Firefox 4.
So, Firefox 5 will be ready only months after Firefox 4 has been released. The team will probably do away with x.y, e.g. Firefox 3.6, versions of the browser as they did previously.
The development team is currently fixing the remaining soft and hard blockers of the beta releases. Plans are to code freeze the development on Friday to release the next beta of Firefox 4.
Another beta may only be released if bugs are left that require beta testing. If not the team moves forward to the release candidate stage. To sum it up: If things go as planned Firefox 4 Beta 10 will be released in the next days, likely at the beginning of next week followed by the RC shortly thereafter and then a final release at the end of February.
What's your take on the accelerated development cycle? I personally think it is more of a reaction to the Chrome development cycle and how users perceive a higher version number than anything else. We could see a Firefox 7 release at the end of this year after all which probably is not that different from Firefox 4.
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