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Firefox 3 looks doomed before release

Mozilla boffins have identified many flaws with the Beta 1 of Firefox 3.0 yet have been told only to fix 20% of them before release.

As Mozilla pushes to post Beta 1 of Firefox 3.0, it has asked developers to prioritize already-identified bugs so that the most important can be fixed. But according to notes of yesterday’s Firefox 3.0 status meeting, that will leave about eight in 10 bugs untouched.

We have 700 bugs currently marked as blockers,

That’s too many. We’re asking [requiring] component owners to set priorities on blockers, as a first pass of what bugs should be Beta 2 blockers. You want it to be about 10% of blockers, or what you can get done in four weeks.

Mozilla usually refers to a bug as a “blocker” when the flaw is serious enough to justify postponing a release.

We’ll be doing pretty much the same thing for Beta 3, which means that something like 80% of the [approximately] 700 bugs currently marked as blockers will not be fixed for Firefox 3,” the meeting notes continued. “The hope is that by ‘fixing the most important blockers’ several times, we’ll get to a point where we can cut the rest without feeling bad about the quality of the release. And if we do feel bad, we can add an extra beta or two.

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  1. Asa Dotzler November 16, 2007

    We’ve already fixed over 11,000 bugs and features in Firefox 3 and now we’re discussing how to handle the remaining 700 issues we wanted to get fixed for Firefox 3.

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