Mozilla today pushed out their first release candidate build of Firefox 3.5 to developers. This latest update contains several bug fixes and the build is now stable enough for general browsing, although Mozilla have yet to complete the quality assurance testing required before an official product release. The final release of Firefox 3.5 is expected later this month.
This update is not being made available via direct download and only via auto-update through the Beta channel. If you are currently running a Beta build, select “Check for Updates…” in the “Help” menu.
Update – 17/06/09 @ 19:32
Mozilla released an email to the beta mailing list last night to clarify the roll out process, for those of you that aren’t on the mailing list, here it is.
There was a bit of miscommunication yesterday regarding the testing of the Release Candidate. The release team decided to follow a different path this time, which is explained in this post by Mike Beltzner:
So while some of you may have seen the early release candidate version on the all beta page briefly yesterday, it was taken down. This early release candidate build is *not* being released on the beta download page; if someone out there wants to get at it, they should first become a beta tester by downloading a beta and then they will receive the updates. You can do that by visiting: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-beta.html, downloading the Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 and then performing a manual software update (Help -> Check for Updates).
So here is the updated scheduled:
- June 16th: Firefox 3.5 beta users get updated to an early release candidate version
- June 19th: target public ship date for Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 1
- end of June: target ship date for Firefox 3.5
Thanks for your patience and we hope you can join us in testing this exciting release.
Update – 20/06/09 @ 10:32
The release candidate has now been released to the general public, you can download FF3.5rc2 here
Update – 26/06/09 @ 11:06
Mozilla have now pushed out an updated release candidate for us to test, download FF3.5rc3 here