Firefox Version Number Degraded To “Implementation Detail”
Why reinvent the wheel, if it is working perfectly? Mozilla is closely following Google’s lead these days and is now also telling its users that they should not worry about version numbers anymore.
There has been some confusion about Mozilla’s most recent Firefox 5.0 beta release, which reports itself as version 5.0 while the official version number of the software is 5.0b2. Mozilla justified the version number with the fact that the current betas are “much closer” to being a traditional release candidate, which explains the “final” version number.
With today’s release of the first Firefox 7.0 nightly builds (which look just like Firefox 4.0 as far as we can tell by looking at the GUI), there is mounting criticism why Mozilla is accelerating the release process and what reasoning is behind elevating the version number.