The delay prompted one developer to suggest that Mozilla rename Firefox 3.1. "Given all the efforts that went into Firefox 3.1 and given its prolonged schedule and expanded scope, I was wondering whether it might make more sense to name it Firefox 3.5 just as Firefox 1.1 was renamed Firefox 1.5?" asked Simon Paquet, who works on localizing Thunderbird, Mozilla Messaging's e-mail client. "That way we would more clearly communicate to users that this isn't just a minor update but a major step forward."
Shaver said Paquet was not the first to make the suggestion, but said that any talk of renaming the browser should wait until after Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 was released.
Shaver, however, has rejected the idea of a race. "This is much more about having the product done right than getting it out fast," he said in an interview last Saturday.