Firefox 4 Beta 4 release slips again

Originally scheduled for August 20, the latest beta of Firefox was pushed forward for a release yesterday, on the 23rd; but two "blocker" bugs have since thrown yet another spanner in the works for the browser which has been drastically overhauled from earlier versions. With no fresh announcement on when the build will finally be made available, one has to assume that it will go live "when it's done", hinting at an almost imminent release.

The two bugs, of which one is marked major, affect both Windows & Linux respectively. The Windows bug, "Cannot change Character Encoding from Firefox Menu Button", is described as normal and can affect the ability of Firefox to detect page encoding correctly; while the Linux bug, described as major, is described as "Dead accessible objects should not be present in the hierarchy" which points to rendering issues on websites from within Linux.

A major goal for Mozilla for their next browser is speed. Enabling Direct2D hardware acceleration helps with the display of text and graphics, which if you follow the Internet Explorer 9 previews, Microsoft is already touting that feature and the speed of their next browser. Mike Shaver, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, sent a tweet stating "b4 won't have D2D on by default after all; just not quite ready to send it to that many users. soon!"

Mozilla also has the goal of ultimate user friendliness by implementing tab sets, or as it was called early on, tab candy. Tab sets allow you to group your tabs together into different sets, such as "Work", "Research", "School", "Home", or anything you wish. 

Firefox users will be able to look forward to one more beta after this which should be the last with new features. That beta will also consist of bug fixes that Mozilla has found along the way.

Follow our 100+ page community discussion on Meet Firefox (Beta 3) right here on Neowin. 

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Examinus said,
Can Mozilla do anything well recently?

Their design and lead in GPU accelerated browsing is not easy task. They will probably be the most functional aesthetically pleasing GPU accelerated browser out there.

Up to this point, the nice ugly purple theme and large memory leaks were pretty lame. Their implementation of private browsing also isn't as nice.

Examinus said,
Can Mozilla do anything well recently?
They can do well. You just notice it because their time lines are public. That's a disadvantage of being a community driven project I guess.

Examinus said,
Can Mozilla do anything well recently?

I can't remember the last time they hit any of their scheduled dates - the browser itself was planned to be months ahead of what it is now and the competition is hotting up, especially with Google pumping out new variants of Chrome with new features and improvements.

That said, I am still a Firefox user mostly.

Bitaljus said,
Does anyone know the keyboard shortcut for Tab Candy ?

Am I the only one who won't ever use that feature? I mean... 5-6-7 tabs are enough for me on a busy day. and I like to have them all accessible at my "pointertip"

djpailo said,
Well its still in beta so why this is headline news baffles me.

You are correct, must be a slow news day.

djpailo said,
Well its still in beta so why this is headline news baffles me.

If you hadn't notice we report on a lot of up and coming software. This is relevant as delays along the product development affect the final ship date and readiness of a product.

Gary7 said,

You are correct, must be a slow news day.


No offense, but if you think it's a slow news day, how about helping find some relevant, newsworthy stuff and send it in...

ir0nw0lf said,

No offense, but if you think it's a slow news day, how about helping find some relevant, newsworthy stuff and send it in...

OK, Mozilla has chosen the Build 3 candidate as the one they will release as Beta 4.

I Downloaded Firefox 4 beta 4 from their FTP site on sunday and must say i am impressed, i also like the "Group your tabs" button . i have not experienced any problems so far.

Nicomz said,
I Downloaded Firefox 4 beta 4 from their FTP site on sunday and must say i am impressed, i also like the "Group your tabs" button . i have not experienced any problems so far.

nice feature.

Nicomz said,
I Downloaded Firefox 4 beta 4 from their FTP site on sunday and must say i am impressed, i also like the "Group your tabs" button . i have not experienced any problems so far.

minefield? they're at pre5 already!

Mouettus said,

minefield? they're at pre5 already!

I`m running the code froze Beta 4 from the ftp servers as well, different to the nightlies servers.

Also running Minefield pre5 on another box with D2D enabled and so far no probs. Could do with using less memory but

I was actually excited for this yesterday. Eagerly waiting and trying the auto-update feature once in a while during the day. Oh well... good to see they're working hard on it!