Posts Tagged ‘Firefox 3.5’

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.5 release candidate (RC) 3 overnight, just days after RC2.

The new build fixes a few bugs and increases overall stability. Changes can be found in the release notes.

The browser can be downloaded from the Firefox beta website, and a final release is expected next week.

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Mozilla has released Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 2 (RC2). With minimal changes since RC1 last week, the end is near for Firefox 3.5.

Firefox 3.5 final is still scheduled before the end of June.

A full list of changes can be found in the release notes. The new browser will be automatically downloaded for RC1 users, or can be downloaded directly from the Mozilla Beta website.

Firefox LogoMozilla has just released Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate (RC) to the web.

Other than better stability, there doesn’t seem to be much new under the hood. A full list of changes since Beta 4 can be found in the release notes.

The browser is available on all major platforms from the Firefox Beta website. Existing Beta 4 users will have the update pushed out to them automatically.

Firefox LogoIt appears Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 1 is now expected at some stage this week. Nightly builds of the browser now include the RC1 tag, suggesting that we will see a release some time this week.

Current early Windows builds weigh in at 7.6MB and run on Windows 2000 all the way up to Windows 7.

On the outside, the browser doesn’t appear too different from Beta 4, but there are plenty of bug fixes that have gone in under the hood. “Even before shipping the RC, we’ve managed to find a number of issues that needed fixing,” said Mike Beltzner, the director of Firefox.

The final 3.5 release is still expected before the end of the month, and we will let you know as soon as the release candidate is released.

Vista GlyphsWith Firefox 3.5 nearing completion, it has been revealed that many of the icons is Firefox 3.5 are being refreshed and updated.

Across all 4 platforms, around 25 icons are being tweaked or are entirely new, such as the geolocation icons.

The new icons are available now in the latest nightly builds, but will be included in any Release Candidates and the final release of 3.5

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Firefox LogosIt looks like Firefox 3.5 is set to get a new logo, after Mozilla set out to update Firefox’s logo in a bid to reflect the changes in the upcoming browser. The current logo has been the same since Firefox 1.5.

“In a marketplace that is focused on products that are newer, faster, lighter and shinier, design work is inherently perishable. Part of this is larger trends and fashion (for a period of time cars had fins), and part of this is simply ongoing visual change as an indication of overall progress” explained Alex Faaborg, a Firefox User Experience team member.

The final design is still not decided on, but Faaborg has been posting different renderings daily on his blog.

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After weeks of delays associated with the most recent two Firefox 3.5 beta’s, Mozilla is now on track to deliver Firefox 3.5 release candidate (RC) 1 in June.

“We’re setting an aggressive code freeze target of next Wednesday, May 20th  for Firefox 3.5 RC” said Firefox Director Mike Beltzner. This puts “the RC release somewhere in the first week of June.”

Currently, there are still outstanding code blocking bugs stopping Firefox 3.5 from hitting RC status. Provided they are all completed in time, we may even see a final release of Firefox 3.5 sometime in late June or early July.

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 can be downloaded in the mean time from the Firefox beta website.

The latest code freeze for Firefox 3.5 beta 4 (formerly 3.1) deadline has slipped. The reason being due to some remaining outstanding priority 1 issues.

“Code freeze was scheduled for today, but as just announced, some of the P1 blockers have not yet been resolved and so we’ve delayed the freeze to wait for these fixes,” said Firefox’s Director Mike Beltzner.

Beta 4’s release is still slated for next week. A list of remaining P1 blockers can be found on Bugzilla.

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Mozilla is looking at dropping support for Windows 2000 and versions of Windows XP without at least SP3 installed in early 2010.

The idea is hardly a surprise, as the extended support period offered by Microsoft for the operating systems is ending on 13th July 2010, and would see the requirements for Gecko 1.9.2 raised – Firefox’s rendering engine.

Firefox 3.5 (aka 3.1) are built using Gecko 1.9.1, so the change will not affect users on current or next version of Firefox.

Full discussion on the issue can be read on the newsgroup.