April 9, 2011 | Posted in:Blogging, Featured

Mozilla has set an aggressive schedule for the next version of Firefox, slating the release of Firefox 5 for June 21. If it meets that schedule, Mozilla could crank out Firefox 6 just two months later. Mozilla has shifted to a faster-paced development cycle where it adds new features as it goes to a series of versions — dubbed nightly, aurora, beta and Firefox — each of which feeds into the next-most-stable build until a polished edition is released.

 

The change is a major shift for the open-source company, which has been locked into a much longer schedule. Firefox 4, for example, was in development for over a year, while Firefox 3.6 took about the same amount of time to finish. Google uses a similar process to continually feed features to Chrome, relying on a four-channel line of development: nightly, dev, beta and stable. The result is a new version of Chrome every six to eight weeks. Mozilla is currently planning a truncated schedule for Firefox 5, which should ship June 21. To meet that deadline, Firefox 5 has to hit the “aurora” channel April 12 and reach beta by May 17.

mozilla firefox 5 With Firefox 5 done, Mozilla will shift to a standard 18-week schedule that will put Firefox 6′s release around mid-August. To meet those dates, Mozilla will add features to Firefox as it goes. If a feature is not ready for the first of the four channels — what the company calls “nightlies” as well as “Mozilla central” — it will not be added later to the aurora or beta builds. Features with problems will be backed out of an edition — say Firefox 5 — and deferred until the next in line.

 

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