Today Mozilla has announced more details on its new Firefox release schedule that it promised to adopt after the release of its latest Firefox 4 browser release due on the 22nd March. Adopting a more Google Chrome methods of updates using smaller and faster released versions rather than holding back smaller updates and modifications to launched in a larger release.
The new release over time method will include a number of channels to allow for continuous new feature development on mozilla-central, while the other channels are devoted to stabilising features ready for a wider audience.
Rob Sayre Mozilla’s Engineering Director has explained the new Firefox release schedule in a detailed post on the Mozilla website.
The four channels available are: mozilla-central (or “nightly”), firefox-experimental, firefox-beta, and Firefox (release) [these names are placeholders]. The nightly channel gets new features as soon as they are ready, but it has the lowest stability of the four channels. The UI might change each day, and websites might not work at times. The firefox-experimental channel gets new features at regular intervals, but some of them might be disabled if it looks like they need more work. The beta channel receives only new features that are slated for the next Firefox release.