For the second time in the last four weeks, Mozilla Corp. has announced a "code freeze" for a beta version of Firefox 3.0 -- this time, Beta 4 -- as it begins to prep another public release of the open-source browser.
The freeze was announced late Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the company's chief engineer hinted that the number of outstanding bugs at that point -- 66 that potentially could block the release of Firefox 3.0 -- meant a fifth beta will likely be needed.
“We reviewed the remaining number of P1 [Priority 1] and P2 [Priority 2] blockers on our lists, and decided that we would go ahead with tonight's Firefox 3 Beta 4 code freeze, and then bake nightly builds for a few days before handing off the code to the Build and Quality Assurance teams,” said Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's interface designer, in a message posted to the company's developer center.
Between now and Friday, Beltzner continued, developers will be looking over the blocking bugs to decide which, if any, require another beta release and which would prevent the final release of Firefox 3.0 if they went unfixed.
Meanwhile, Mike Schroepfer, the company's vice president of engineering, said a fifth beta was a possibility. "We are looking deeply at the open issues to determine whether another Beta is needed," Schroepfer said in an e-mail. "We should know this by next Monday."
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