Mozilla Firefox 1.1 scraped; will be 1.5

Mozilla foundation has decided to increase the version number of the next major release to 1.5 from 1.1, reflecting the sheer number of bug fixes and features that have been worked into the next version of the browser.

We are planning for a Firefox 2.0 and 3.0, but will divide the planned work over (at this point) three major Milestones, 1.5 (September 2005), 2.0 (unscheduled) and 3.0 (unscheduled). All major development work will be done on the Mozilla trunk, and these releases will coincide with Gecko version revs.

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July 21, 2005 10:32 AM | Posted in Mozilla


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I assume you mean "scrapped"...

Comment by Anon at July 21, 2005 12:35 PM | Permalink

I was suspecting this, since Asa in his "Ask Asa" nr 17 kept saying "the next major Firefox release", and not "Firefox 1.1".


Site icon Comment by David Naylor at July 21, 2005 12:52 PM | Permalink

I sortof feel this is a bit of a shame, since there won't be that many new user features in 1.1 (now 1.5). It might come across as bloating the version number just to increase PR downloads. (Which in a way wouldn't be the end of the world - everybody else does it, right?)

The main new features are basically

- New and much improved update system
- Draggable tabs
- Improved prefs (not really a feature)
- Improved download handling (not a very visible improvement for most people)
- Error pages instead of dialogs.
- FastBack (or whatever) (good, but almost invisible)
- Safari migration (useful)
- Improved Gecko (basically nothing to the "average" user)
- Sanitize, which IMNSHO really needs a new name - it sounds far too much like a toilet-associated feature. (Haven't thought of anything better myself though...)

Site icon Comment by David Naylor at July 21, 2005 01:19 PM | Permalink

*PR & downloads*

Site icon Comment by David Naylor at July 21, 2005 01:20 PM | Permalink

Well, I think the bumping of the version number is entirely justified.
And it doesn't surprise me not much, only a bit.

Comment by Martijn at July 21, 2005 02:23 PM | Permalink

Yeah, I guess, when I think about it a little it isn't entirely unjustified, as I first felt.

Site icon Comment by David Naylor at July 21, 2005 02:34 PM | Permalink

As I say over in the Mozillazine forums, this is my guess on why they did it. Originally, the 1.1 release was designed to resync with the trunk (after the fiasco with more branch developement than was intended), and improve gnome/hig compliance. that was it. but now they added so many new features beyond their original plan, enough of their 1.5 goals have been met, that they think the higher version number is justified.

Comment by Grayson Mixon at July 21, 2005 05:47 PM | Permalink

asa's blog just confirmed my previous post.

Comment by Grayson Mixon at July 21, 2005 06:19 PM | Permalink

Fastback is *instantly* recognizable. If you've used Firefox 1.0.x, it might even be the first thing you notice.

Also, don't forget per-site user stylesheets! Those are pretty fun.

Comment by Neil Paris at July 21, 2005 08:09 PM | Permalink

be carefull what you say as /. picked up the story and used "scrapped" which created some confusion as well as negative spin. after some reading, i understand the reasons for and support this decision.

Comment by Fox_E_Mama at July 22, 2005 05:57 AM | Permalink

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