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Mozilla Firefox Gets More 'Agile' with Lorentz

Jan 25, 2010, 00:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Mozilla is now embarking on a new development and release model for its flagship Firefox open source Web browser. The model will meld both fast-moving Agile and more traditional "waterfall" development methodologies in an attempt to more quickly iterate new features while maintaining backwards compatibility, security and overall code quality.

"With the new model, the Firefox 3.6.x Web browser, which was released yesterday, will become Mozilla's stable branch and will receive both bug and feature updates. Prior to Firefox 3.6, Mozilla provided stability and security updates only on the released branch (i.e., Firefox 3.5.7), while it provided new features only on new major releases (such as Firefox 3.5).

""What I don't think is controversial is the fact that we need to get quicker at delivering features to our users," Mozilla's director of Firefox, Mike Beltzner, told InternetNews.com. "The only way we know how to release a new feature now is through a major release like a Firefox 3.7 or 3.8. There are costs to releasing things that way in terms of time and add-on compatibility, and it gives us a natural limit to the speed we can do things.""

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