The Firefox team announced that its Aurora channel has been updated to Firefox 6 Alpha. This may seem like odd news, because Firefox 5 Beta was just released last week. This is part of the Firefox team’s new development strategy, which calls for having three major versions in development at any given time.
This means Firefox 4 is the current stable release, with Firefox 5 being in Beta, and Firefox 6 being in Alpha. To make things even more interesting, they also have the Firefox Nightly builds available for download as well. Now, this is a bit confusing for the user, but is far from unusual in the browser industry. This has become the norm these days, with Google’s Chrome team doing exactly the same thing. Google has its Chrome (stable), Chromium (beta development), and Canary (alpha development) builds all publicly available at any given time.
Time will tell whether this strategy will result in faster or slower browser development, though it looks pretty good so far, with Google advancing browser technology at an extremely rapid pace.
Interested in trying out the future of Firefox? You can find the development channels for download here.