Firefox 24: The Road to Australis

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2013-08-21

The open-source Mozilla Firefox Web browser has its roots in the Netscape browser that has long since faded from active use on the Web. Firefox has evolved significantly over the years from that historical base to become a leading light in the development of new Web technologies. That evolution has accelerated significantly since 2011, when Mozilla moved to a rapid release process with new browser updates coming approximately every six weeks. In the rapid release model, there are multiple release channels through which development is pushed. At the bleeding edge of development is the Nightly release, where as the name implies, new builds are made every night. The Aurora channel is what in other development environments would be known as the Alpha channel. There is also the Beta channel, which is currently gearing up for the Firefox 24 release. Finally, there is the stable Firefox release channel which was recently updated for Firefox 23. A guiding light for the current set of Firefox releases in development is an effort known as Australis. The Australis overhaul will include new user interface components. eWEEK examines Firefox's route to Australis.


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