If you haven’t called into Mozilla’s platform or release meetings you may be wondering what the heck is going on with Firefox 3.6.4.
We originally announced a beta of Firefox 3.6.4 on April 20th, 2010. We then let everyone know there was an updated beta on May 4th, 2010. Today is May 27th. What’s been happening since the 4th? Lots!
- In total we built (and mostly released) five builds of Firefox 3.6.4 for our beta users
- We have been analyzing crash reports, making sure there are no new issues and quantifying the benefits of out-of-process-plugins. Out-of-process-plugin hangs / crashes (or OOPsies) are now easier to see thanks to a new version of Socorro that rolled out a couple weeks ago. You can see an example by looking at this report. The “hang |” signatures are reports that are sent when a plugin misbehaves. Note that there is still more work to do to filter out OOPsies in aggregate graphs and counts
- We have been working with antivirus and firewall vendors to make sure the new “plugin-container.exe” process used by OOPP isn’t flagged as malware. If you work for such a vendor and have not heard from us please get in touch
- We have started creating the sixth build with a fix to the only known blocker. Hopefully build number six will meet our high quality standards and become Firefox 3.6.4 final (after a beta period of course). I’ll do another blog post letting everyone know when the release candidate build is out. In the meantime, you can help out by installing and testing the latest beta from http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/all-beta.html
As always, the most up-to-date release plan can be found on the wiki.
We know out-of-process-plugins will make a huge difference for our user base and we are trying to get Firefox 3.6.4 released as soon as possible. Hang tight and help us test!