by CIO Staff

Firefox 2.0 Delayed by Bug Infestation

Aug 18, 20062 mins
Enterprise Applications

The new version of open-source browser Firefox has been delayed for a month.

Version 2.0, code-named Bon Echo, had been due on Sept. 26 but will now make its debut on Oct. 24. The test schedule has also been adjusted, with the second beta now appearing a week late on Aug. 23.

The delay has been attributed to a small hill of bugs that still have to be ironed out, totaling 87, according to the project’s latest bug list. The new version will have a raft of new features to keep up with those coming in rivals Opera and Internet Explorer 7, including antiphishing security, a spell checker, integrated RSS news feed handling, and (once-again fashionable) tabbed browsing.

Apart from its growing popularity as a rival to Microsoft’s Explorer, Mozilla’s ability to get out bug-free software on time has the broader significance of being a status project for the world of open-source software. That it is suffering minor delays is embarrassing, but not deeply so. Unlike Microsoft, Mozilla has to conduct its development cycle in the glare of public scrutiny.

Two weeks ago, it emerged that Firefox was being run through the “Vulnerability Discovery and Remediation, Open-Source Hardening Project,” a bug and security hunting system co-developed by Coverity, which is supposed to reduce major security holes before public release.

-John E. Dunn, (London)

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