Firefox in-development versions, Nightly (the bleeding edge) and Aurora (with features earmarked for subsequent release) have also got some design love and their respective logos are now simplified with less detail and gloss just like the Firefox logo updated a few days ago.
That’s a good excuse to try Aurora or even Nightly.
As planned, Mozilla has successfully merged and created a new development branch named Aurora, as part of its plan to speed Firefox development cycles. Unlike the Minefield development branch, Aurora holds a subset of bug fixes and new features that will be the basis for the next Firefox release, most likely, Firefox 5.
As shown in the screenshot, it is very easy to switch channels from Aurora, to Beta, to final releases only, right from the About Nightly window.
Aurora is named after a web browsing concept developed by Adaptive Path for Mozilla Labs in 2008.
Mozilla has announced today its new development model that aims to deliver new major releases in shorter time frames.
Firefox 1.5, the first Firefox update took about a year after the original release to be ready for users. About another year for Firefox 2.0, more than a year and a half for Firefox 3, one more for Firefox 3.5, about 7 months for 3.6, and a more than a year for Firefox 4. Note that these are approximate durations, in reality, Firefox next release development starts a few months before the current one goes final.
While these development cycles have served well for the past years, allowing Mozilla to ignite the browser development scene with solid releases, and take the browser wars to the web standards, performance, and usability field, it has also become clear that we need those improvements coming faster. Continue reading Aurora, Mozilla’s card for faster Firefox releases