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Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate Pending

Firefox, Mozilla's popular open source Web browser, is preparing to launch a release candidate for version 3.5 of the software.

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In a posting to the mozilla.dev.planning group, Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox development at Mozilla, alerted participants that Firefox 3.5 is making progress.

"We are down to 52 code-blockers (and 12-non code blockers) remaining for Firefox 3.5," Beltzner wrote. "Based on this, the great progress we've been making on blockers over the past two weeks, and estimates from the component leads, we're setting an aggressive code freeze target of next Wednesday, May 20, for Firefox 3.5 RC."

After the code freeze takes place, rolling out the Firefox 3.5 RC 1 has a few more steps. According to the proposed schedule, the code freeze will take place on May 20. On May 21 the hold tree is closed, and developers will fix any issues spotted with nightly code reviews. Then between May 22 and 24, developers will create the RC builds for that Monday.

That puts the availability of the release candidate in the first week of June, according to Beltzner.

In the meantime, developers are being asked to work on fixing the code blockers.

"Anything you can do to help a blocker or blocker nomination along (regression range discovery, nightly testing, reduced test-case creation, not bothering the people who are working on blockers) would be greatly appreciated," he wrote.

The news of the pending release candidate for Mozilla's Firefox 3.5 is good news for open-source enthusiasts. Recently the company had been making headlines more for bumps in the road with the development of the Web browser than the progress it was making.

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