Mozilla looking to speed up Firefox development

By on January 26, 2011
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Will it be able to match the maniac speed of Google Chrome?

Since it’s release in 2008, Google Chrome has already jumped to its 10th version, throwing updates and features at a regular pace while competing browsers struggled to keep up. Thankfully, Mozilla realizes that and are looking at the possibility of speeding up the development and updating process for upcoming versions Firefox. What they failed to realize however, is that Google employees robots and not men. Why do you think they are so fast?

Brendan Eich, co-founder of and the CTO of Mozilla, in the first Weekly Engineering Newsletter said that users may be able to play with Firefox 5 within a couple of months after Firefox 4′s release. The trick for faster updates is to give bugs a ‘cold eye’.

“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,” Eich said.

Of course, the current priority is to deliver on Firefox 4, which the company intends to push out next month after rolling out a few beta releases.

“You do a touch and go and then you can release and people get all this benefit of Firefox 4 instead of 3.6. That’s what we need to do.

“Some of those blockers are, and I have some, soft in the sense that they’re edge cases. We probably can wait on those. We’re not going to kick them out yet because if we have the parallel bandwidth of all our great people and the volunteer community too where we have volunteers doing some of this work, we’ll take a fix if it’s an additive and safe fix.

“But at some point we have to stop that. I think we’re past that point and I’m going to treat my bugs accordingly and I encourage everyone here to do that,” Eich added.

Source: Softpedia.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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