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Firefox 3 beta 2 & software releases

Tweet Firefox 3 is getting closer to full release with each new day. It’s great to see today that the 2nd beta version is now available for download, as announced by Mozilla For those of you new to software you don’t have to purchase, many companies now include the wider internet community in the testing [...]

Firefox 3 is getting closer to full release with each new day. It’s great to see today that the 2nd beta version is now available for download, as announced by Mozilla

For those of you new to software you don’t have to purchase, many companies now include the wider internet community in the testing process. Firefox for example was first released as ‘alpha’ software. This means it’s sort of usable, prone to crash but gives cutting edge people a chance to help shape the future of the product.

When a product goes into ‘beta’ it means its almost ready to go, but might still have a few things to work out. Firefox for example is now very close to production ready, with small (mainly visual) things to tweak. By allowing more and more people to download and use the beta, the Mozilla team have more chance of having bugs reported before the software goes into release candidate.

Once software hits the RC stage (release candidate) it’s pretty much locked & loaded, with no bugs (at least if there is one spotted it should be minor). After this the software is deemed complete.

I do recommend any web developer to include beta versions of browsers in their tool set, however I do NOT recommend use of beta tools in a mission critical environment. The browser could cause you to loose data.

Sumamry:

  • Software goes through a release cycle
    • development
    • alpha – almost ready, many bugs to be expected
    • beta – very near ready, some bugs to be expected
    • release candidate – 99% ready, might find a bug
    • release – done, time to plan the next version
  • Firefox has entered beta 2
    • this beta sees memory issues addresses (unlike beta 1)
    • this beta is missing some of the new visual aspects
    • you can download and run this on your computer now
    • you will be asked to send feedback to Mozilla to help shape Firefox 3

» Get Firefox 3 beta 2 now
» Ars technica – great article about Firefox 3 beta 2 on Linux

Update: Darren pointed me to eJohn who has a great article about Firefox 3 beta2 running on OSX. Check it out here: Sexy Firefox 3 on OSX

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