Firefox 3 struggling with serious bugs

Firefox 3 will ship with many of its existing bugs still unresolved, according to notes from the latest progress meeting.

Firefox 3 struggling with serious bugs

The latest version of the popular open source browser is still in beta testing, and has slipped several months behind the original release schedule.

Bugs which would normally halt the release of a product are known within Mozilla as blockers, and there are still hundreds of these remaining.

“We have 700 bugs currently marked as blockers. That’s too many,” says the meeting notes.

The foundation is asking developers to set priorities on these blockers, so that they can work on the most important first. However, most of these will not be resolved before the third beta release of Firefox 3.

“Note that we’ll be doing pretty much the same thing for beta 3, which means that something like 80% of the 700 bugs currently marked as blockers will not be fixed for Firefox 3.”

“The hope is that by “fixing the most important blockers” several times, we’ll get to a point where we can cut the rest without feeling bad about the quality of the release.”

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