New FireFox 1.1 Release Delayed
While the current final version of Firefox reaches new heights (it touched a download mark of 21 million recently!), the developers released some information about the coming releases. Originally planned for a March 2005 launch, the release of 1.1 version of Firefox has been delayed and as per the related Blog entry of lead developer and recent Google employee Ben Goodger the version is now scheduled for a release in June 2005.
The Blog entry said: â€œIn a move that I would hope should surprise exactly nobody, weâ€™re pushing back 1.1 by a little bit because of the realities of the work remaining to be done”. Ben however made it clear that his hiring by Google has nothing to do with the delay considering Google has publicly stated that his work would primarily revolved around development of Firefox as he did before joining Google.
The updated roadmap for the open source browser shows a beta release scheduled for early April. The final should be out by June. However, the developers are confident that the browser would touch version 2.0 in the current year itself. The roadmap for Firefox browser can be accessed from Mozillaâ€™s website.
Ben had this to say about his new job and his existing responsibilities in the Mozilla Foundation and how he plans to continue working on development of Firefoxâ€¦ â€œThe slippage from March is not due to my move to Google, it is due to us needing to ensure the 1.1 release is of identical quality and scope as the 1.0 release. That means a period of testing, the localization system needs to be brought back online, etc. These things are done by more people than just myself, so quit with the wacky speculation.â€