Fx 3 Updated Milestone Schedule

Today’s Firefox 3 Status meeting must have been fairly short, at least the notes were. There are now 19 (up 1 from last week) blockers (major bugs) for turning on bookmarks in Places. The only other item mentioned (which was also mentioned at yesterday’s Weekly Update meeting), is the updated Gran Paradiso (Fx 3) milestone schedule:

  • Fx 3.0a1/Gecko 1.9a1 – RELEASED: December 8th (2006)
  • Fx 3.0a2/Gecko 1.9a2 – RELEASED: February 7th
  • Fx 3.0a3/Gecko 1.9a3 – RELEASED: March 23rd
  • Fx 3.0a4/Gecko 1.9a4 – End April 2007 Tentative
  • Fx 3.0a5/Gecko 1.9a5 – End May 2007 Tentative
  • Fx 3.0a6/Gecko 1.9a6 – End June 2007 Tentative
  • Fx 3.0b1/Gecko 1.9b1 – End July 2007 Tentative
  • Fx 3.0b2/Gecko 1.9b2 – End September 2007 Tentative

Now for comparison, here is the actual release schedule for Bon Echo (Fx 2):

  • Fx 2.0a1 – March 26th
  • Fx 2.0a2 – May 12th
  • Fx 2.0a3 – May 26th
  • Fx 2.0b1 – July 12th
  • Fx 2.0b2 – Aug 31st
  • Fx 2.0rc1 – Sept 26th
  • Fx 2.0rc2 – Oct 6th
  • Fx 2.0rc3 – Oct 16th
  • Fx 2.0 Final – Oct 24th

A couple things to keep in mind. First, we are at least 6 months away from the final release of Firefox 3. Second the Firefox 2 release schedule kept changing dramatically (final release was suppose to be in August 2006). Third, Places continues to be a hurdle the developers are trying to overcome. It has been nearly a year (April 28th) since Places was removed from Firefox 2.