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Mozilla has delayed the release of Firefox 3.6 until the first quarter of 2010. The outfit had been promising to deliver the next iteration of its celebrated browser before the decade was out. However, despite spinning out no less than five betas of Firefox 3.6, the final version of the browser won't ship until next year. …


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  1. Greg J Preece


    Software in not-on-time shocker.

    Easy way of calculating how long a software project will really take:

    1) Figure out how long the project *should* take under good conditions.

    2) Double that figure.

    3) Add a bit. ;-)

    1. DJV Silver badge


      You forgot 4

      4) And still miss the date resulting from 3

  2. Anonymous Coward

    The decade ends on 31st Dec 2010

    So what's the problem? It WILL be out by the end of the decade.

    Or do you think the first decade ended in the year 9? If you do, consider that it would mean the first year was year 0, which of course it wasn't.

  3. Justin Stringfellow


    ..another year before the decade is over?

  4. Adrian 4

    Before the decade is out ?

    That would be in another year's time then, right ?

  5. James Howell
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    Not such a bad thing

    I don't think slowing down a release schedule is such a negative thing. I would much rather have a solid browser that behaved as I expect it to a few months late, rather than a buggy browser that I am unable to use right now.

    The roadmap to 4.0 looks to have some promising features, and getting there is the important thing.

    I don't see why they can't ditch any new major releases and go for a fresher start with 4.0, giving them a chance to "break" some compatibility etc if needs be.

  6. David Simpson 1
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    Well done Mozilla I have found 3.5 to be so buggy on both my PCs and Macs that if the few extensions I use make to Chrome before 3.6 is released then Mozilla will have lost me for good.

  7. Osvaldo

    This decade only ends in Dec 31 2010... any techie is supposed to know.

  8. Cucumber C Face

    Version number gaming?

    Is El Reg making a story out of nothing-to-see-here schedule jostling?

    Alternatively has Mozilla Corp reached the tipping point where there are more marketing and PR bunnies spinning the "message" than useful features in development?

    I hope the former yet fear the latter.

    1. Quirkafleeg
      Dead Vulture

      Nothing to do with version numbers…

      It's a blatant troll aimed at those of us who know that there's still a year to go of this decade.

      Four bites so far, and counting… er, make that five…


    firefox browser

    clearly they havent fixed the memory problem because i tried firefox 3.5 the current version and the memory was going up over 100 thousand kb in memory size if it kept on going i think it would just crash all together. sorry but im staying with ie 8 at the min. and no i ant a fan of ie before anyone asks fix the bugs the mozilla for christ sake.

  10. Antidisestablishmentarianist


    For those making comments about the end of the decade, please read:

    This bit applies to you:

    "Insisting that the decade ends on December 31, 2010 is not pedantic. It is dumb. And wrong. Spare yourself the embarrassment and don't do it."

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Don't believe everything you read on the internet

      It might be convenient to think of the decade as ending in 2009, but that doesn't make it so.

      Of course, the thrust of the argument that you are quoting from is that ANY ten years can be a decade, so if we assume that Mozilla meant the decade beginning 1997, they have until 2016. What? What do you mean? What's wrong with that?

      I'll correct for you :

      ""Insisting that the decade ends on December 31, 2010 is correct. It is the end of the 201st decade. The fact that you are too ignorant to realise this is not the fault of the pedants. Spare yourself the embarrassment of revealing your ignorance."

      Now, be a good chap and don't believe everything you read on the internet. You'll be quoting from Wikipedia next.

      1. Glen 1

        re: people arguing about end of the decade


        Talking about the 201st decade is about as facetious as talking about the 3rd millennium. It implies there was no time before this, where in fact most of history happened before the year 1. (even using deluded creationist "young earth" dates)

        As mentioned in a different thread, the millennium began in 2001 because there was apparently no year 0.

        However, people celebrated it NYE 1999. So one could say this is the 10 year anniversary of that date.

        or the fact that many people use the decimal system for tracking what year it is on the Gregorian calendar, and what they are celebrating is the change of the number of tens. (The "decade" if you will)

        or rather less subjectively:

        The fact that the astronomical year numbering includes a year 0.

        That ISO 8601 has a year 0

        so hapy new ISO/astronomical decade!!!

        1. Al Jones

          You're missing the point.

          It has nothing to do with Centuries or Millenia.

          The 70's ended on December 31st 1979. The 80's ended on December 31st 1989. The 90's ended on December 31st 1999.

          Spotting a trend yet?

      2. Neil Stansbury

        @Anonymous Coward

        [...]"Insisting that the decade ends on December 31, 2010 is correct. It is the end of the 201st decade. The fact that you are too ignorant to realise this is not the fault of the pedants. Spare yourself the embarrassment of revealing your ignorance."[...]

        Wrong... your argument is nothing more than tautology, and your statement is only correct to the extent it justifies your orthogonal (and obvious but pointless) assertion about the 201st century.

        Aside from the fact that the number of centuries were never discussed in the article, and your neat side stepping most notions of a "decade" - who cares it's the 201st century. Neither of your falicious arguments can escape the simple fact that December 31st 2009 is exactly (give or take) 10 years or a "decade" since this millenium began.

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