http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=6995 the beta will be realed in august. ZDNet UK is reporting that the next major release of Mozilla Firefox has been delayed and will now be known as Firefox 1.5 rather than 1.1. The upgrade is now set for a September release. The Firefox Roadmap was updated on Wednesday by lead engineer Ben Goodger. It changed the plans from calling for an increasingly unrealistic 1.1 release this month to a 1.5 release in September. Firefox 1.5 Beta is now set for an August launch. The ZDNet article includes comments from Mozilla Europe President Tristan Nitot, who explains that the next major version of Firefox will contain more new features than originally specified. "What we have been doing is better than initially planned, so instead of calling it 1.1, we think it deserves the name of 1.5," he says. Features such as the new software update functionality and the improved extensions system were not originally intended for inclusion in the forthcoming release. In addition, Gecko has received numerous enhancements since the Firefox 1.0 branch was created and now includes support for technologies like Scalable Vector Graphics. The Mozilla Developer News weblog has an entry about the version bump to 1.5, which confirms that the change applies to Mozilla Thunderbird too (the Thunderbird Roadmap has not yet been updated). The post also emphasises that 1.1 is not being dropped, merely renumbered (earlier today, Slashdot ran an article headlined Firefox 1.1 Scrapped). It states that this next release will keep the codename Deer Park. The Firefox Roadmap has also been updated with tentative dates for two post-1.5 versions of Firefox. The Ocho, which is now the codename for Firefox 2.0 (before the version bump it referred to 1.5), is set for release in the first quarter of 2006 and Firefox 3.0 is scheduled for the third quarter of the same year. Previously, the two major releases after Deer Park were given vague 2006 release dates. Despite the addition of dates, planning for versions 2.0 and 3.0 is still understood to be in the early stages. The Roadmap also uses the version number 1.4 to refer to Firefox 1.5 Beta. Asa Dotzler has a post about the change from 1.1 to 1.5, which explains that 1.4 will just be used as an internal version number, with all user-visible materials branding the release as Firefox 1.5 Beta. good news.