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Mozilla delays Firefox 2.0 release

Bugs in certain browser features are to blame, Mozilla says. Release was originally slated for Aug. 15.

The release of Firefox 2.0 has been delayed until Oct. 24, with a Beta 2 release scheduled for Aug. 23, according to Mozilla. The entire release schedule was shifted to deal with last-minute fixes. Some of the affect visual refresh, panel preferences, tab overflow, spell check and anti-phishing features, according to the Firefox 2.0 status meeting minutes.

A code freeze of Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 is set to begin Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. PDT, with a testing period running from Aug. 17 through 22, according to the Mozilla Developer's Calendar. Firefox 2.0 was originally slated for a ship release of Aug. 15. In the meantime, Mozilla has tentatively moved up the Firefox 1.5.0.7 update to Sept. 7. Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 for developers is currently available for free download.