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Several new Mozilla versions are scheduled for release soon, including updates to Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and the Mozilla Application Suite. Yesterday, Asa Dotzler summarised the release plans in a newsgroup posting to netscape.public.seamonkey.

First off the blocks is likely to be Mozilla Firefox 1.0.1, which will come from the 1.7 branch. It will contain a variety of bug fixes and security updates but no new features. However, due to the nature of the fixes included, Firefox 1.0.1 will be an essential upgrade for all users of 1.0. We’re expecting the release within hours but if you just can’t wait, Firefox 1.0.1 release candidate builds are available.

Next up is likely to be Mozilla 1.8 Beta 1, coming straight from the trunk. A more cutting-edge release, 1.8b1 will be the first non-alpha version to feature the major internal changes that have been completed since 1.7 branched, including many substantial improvements to Gecko.

Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.1 is set for the middle of next week. Like Firefox 1.0.1, this is a minor update but recommended for all 1.0 users.

Mozilla 1.7.6 is also due for release next week too but it’s below Firefox 1.0.1 and Thunderbird 1.0.1 on the priority list. Another maintenance upgrade, 1.7.6 will contain many of the same fixes that will be in Firefox 1.0.1 and Thunderbird 1.0.1.

In around three weeks, the trunk will freeze for Mozilla 1.8 Beta 2, which is expected to be the final beta release of the 1.8 cycle. The Firefox 1.1 Developer Preview will be released off the trunk around this time. Following the release of 1.8b2, the trunk will stay frozen until the 1.8 branch is cut. This branch will be the basis of the final Firefox 1.1 and Thunderbird 1.1 versions, which are expected around the middle of this year. See our previous 1.8 release scheduling article for more details.

As always, anybody who sees an critical problem in an in an imminent release should contact

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