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Firefox 3.0 may ship with serious bugs unfixed

Mozilla will fix just 20 precent of the remaining 700 "blocker" bugs now in Firefox 3.0 before the final version is released next year, the open-source developer's Web site revealed on Wednesday.

Mozilla will fix just 20% of the remaining 700 "blocker" bugs now in Firefox 3.0 before the final version is released next year, the open-source developer's Web site revealed on Wednesday.

Still, as pointed out by Matt Asay in his CNET News Blog, Mozilla has already fixed over 11,000 bugs.

According to the Firefox 3 meeting notes:

We have 700 bugs currently marked as blockers. That's too many. We're asking [requiring] component owners to set priorities on blockers, as a first pass of what bugs should be Beta 2 blockers. You want it to be about 10% of blockers, or what you can get done in four weeks.

The exception is any security-related bug. These should automatically be considered important and fixed.

It is worth noting that Firefox 3.0 is months behind schedule. Mozilla previously stated that the browser was supposed to reach Beta 1 in late July, move into a second beta in September, and achieve its final release by the end of the year.

At the moment, it appears that only Beta 2 will be ready by the December holidays.

Do you agree with Mozilla's method of accelerating the release of Firefox 3?

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