Software developers from Mozilla announced the first beta version of Firefox 3.0 has been delayed for at least six weeks. ZD Net reports:
In a posting to the mozilla.dev.planning group Sunday, Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, suggested a revamped milestone schedule for Firefox 3.0, the next major update to the popular open-source browser. Among the changes: a postponement of the first beta, slated as recently as last week to debut July 31. It's not expected until Sept. 18 at the earliest.
"Based on this criteria, it does not appear that M7 will be ready to be called a beta," Schroepfer wrote. In his post -- which he described as a written version of verbal discussions held last week -- Schroepfer used "M" designations to label milestones, which could be dubbed alphas or betas, depending on their stability. M6, for example, was the tag placed on Firefox 3.0 Alpha 6, the preview released July 4; at the time, that version was to be the last alpha before beta testing began.
"Talos is showing a ~18 percent increase in [memory] footprint and informal dogfooding confirms things are currently worse on the trunk," Schroepfer continued, referring to Mozilla's performance testing project, dubbed Talos. The term "dogfooding" refers to developers using their own under-construction software.