Firefox 1.0 RC1 renamed to Firefox 1.0 PR

Firefox 1.0 Preview Release (previously Firefox 1.0 Release Candidate 1 (previously Firefox 1.0 Beta (previously Firebird 1.0 Beta (previously Phoenix 1.0 Beta)))) is planned for the second or third week of August. I'm glad the Mozilla Foundation decided to move away from using misleading "Release Candidate" names for builds that aren't release candidates.

8 Responses to “Firefox 1.0 RC1 renamed to Firefox 1.0 PR”

  1. Mike G Says:

    So it is a minor version release, or is it a release candidate preluding to Fx1?

    You know, the fact that I have to ask myself this question means they still screwed it up. Oh, well. We’ll get to 1.0 eventually.

  2. Joey Says:

    Geez, when will it end. I just read earlier about why it was named Release Client… agh! The name will probably be changed again by the time we get to 1.0PR or, as it was called a while back, .10 (point ten). But they had to change that, too, as you could probably guess)

  3. Jesse Ruderman Says:

    Mike, it won’t be a release candidate because the list of blockers won’t be anywhere near zarro. You can think of it as a preview release or as a minor version release, I guess.

  4. Martey Says:


    At least the name of the browser itself has remained the same for a while.

  5. Ted Mielczarek Says:

    Martey: OH SNAP

  6. curious Says:

    How could you forget moz/browse?

  7. Joe Grossberg Says:

    OK, stupid question:

    What is the diff. b/tw a “Release Candidate”, a “Preview Release” and a “Beta”?

    Don’t they all mean: “ready for use by impatient or eager users, but not the general public yet”?

  8. Quark Says:

    Beta: a supposedly stable, but not complete, build. Could have any type of bug in it, but should be relatively safe for testers to find bugs that need to get fixed before final.

    Release Candidate: a near-release build that basically asks “is there any bug I have that needs to get fixed?” Any blocking bugs should be fixed at this point, and the program should be hammered to make sure no new bugs creeped in or other bugs slipped through the process.

    Preview Release: could mean anything, really. Often used by Microsoft to help alleviate the “scary” term Beta, but not good enough (or close enough) to be called a Release Candidate. Ben said he didn’t want to use the Beta word b/c it scares users that could be valuable testers away.