"If all goes well testing these builds, then we're on target for our 1.0 release in early November," Asa Dotzler, the Mozilla Foundation's community quality advocate, wrote in a Web log posting Wednesday.
, the Mozilla Foundation is the open-source group that produces both Firefox and its predecessor, the Mozilla browser.
The group is making the final test release of Firefox 1.0 available via FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
The organization also is calling on supporters to chip in onscheduled to coincide with the Nov. 9 launch of the browser.
As Internet Explorer hasfor security woes, Firefox has gained in both stature and numbers. Version 0.8 of the browser was downloaded 3.3 million times within four months. Version 0.9 reached 6.5 million downloads in three months, and the preview release received 5 million download requests in just a month.