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Beta software? Firefox “gets it”

Beta and bleeding-edge software has become something of a joke in “web 2.0”.  I think Paul summed it up nicely when he said he loved you.  But “beta” does serve a really important role - to allow interested users to advance test software that they love.  In a world where so few organizations “get it”, I was grateful to see that Mozilla understands.

First sign of brilliance - the “beta” or test version of Firefox 3 is called “Minefield”.  And the logo is equally great.
Mozilla Minefield icon

Nothing says “things just might go wrong, use at your own caution” like an image of the world represented like one of those exploding balls from the old Looneytunes cartoons. And the copywriting is equally brillant.

This program is provided without any guarantees of stability, so please use it at your own risk. It is recommended that you back up your profile regularly, as there may be bugs that corrupt your data. If that sounds scary, you’d probably be better off with the latest version of Firefox

Thanks for getting it right Mozilla!

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