Mozilla delays Firefox 3.1 beta release by three weeks

Mozilla Corp. has pushed back the first beta of Firefox 3.1 by several weeks, according to notes posted online by the open-source developer. The "code freeze" deadline for Firefox 3.1 was changed last week from Sept. 9 to Sept. 30, a Mozilla executive said in a message added to the mozilla.dev.planning forum last week.

According to Mike Shaver, Mozilla's interim head of engineering, the delay was necessary so developers would be able to incorporate feedback on the earlier alpha editions, and to account for a recent shift in resources to assembling and launching the automatic update offer for Firefox 3.0.1 to users of the older Firefox 2.0.0.16.