A second beta of the version once known as "Deer Park" is due in early October, with a release candidate promised by Oct. 28.
Firefox 1.5 will hit Beta 1 on Sept. 8, Mozilla Foundation developers said late Tuesday.
In a posting to the Mozilla developer site, the Foundation said that it was locking down all development of Firefox 1.5 as of midnight, Tuesday, Sept. 6 in anticipation of the Thursday, Sept. 8 release of Beta 1.
Other scheduled milestones for the next version of Firefox -- which will sport a software update mechanism, and "Fastback," a feature that caches previously visited pages in memory for faster display when clicking back and forward -- include a second beta in early October and a release candidate by Oct. 28. Release candidates are typically the last before a final version is published.
"This does mean that our schedule will be pushed out a bit further but the added testing and bugfixing [sic] will help to ensure that Firefox 1.5 is of the highest possible quality," said Asa Dotzler, community coordinator for Mozilla, in a blog entry Tuesday evening.
Firefox 1.5, once called Deer Park, and before that Firefox 1.1, has been delayed several times, most recently in late July when Mozilla said that the browser's new features had slowed development. At one point, Mozilla was shooting for a March 2005 release of the update.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Infographic: The State of DevOps in 2017Is DevOps helping organizations reduce costs and time-to-market for software releases? What's getting in the way of DevOps adoption? Find out in this InformationWeek and Interop ITX infographic on the state of DevOps in 2017.
Digital Transformation Myths & TruthsTransformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.