Forget Firefox 4.0, the first Beta development milestone for the next iteration of Mozilla’s open source browser is just around the corner.
The browser vendor is confirming that Firefox 5 Beta is right on track for delivery in as little as one week.
If all goes well, Firefox 5 will graduate from the Aurora channel to Beta on May 17th, 2011.
“Official cutover to Beta is May 17th, 2011,” the company stated. “There are 6 key bugs we are tracking that have to be dealt with prior to May 17th. They will either be resolved or we will decide they are not severe enough to block the merge.”
Firefox 5 hitting Beta this soon after the release of Firefox 4.0 is illustrative of Mozilla’s commitment to speeding up considerably the development and release pace of new major versions of its open source browser.
Essentially, end users should expect Firefox 6 to drop just six weeks after Firefox 5 and every other new Firefox version six weeks after that.
As early as next week, early adopters will get to play with the first Beta of Firefox 5.