The first release candidate for Firefox 2 Beta 2 made its appearance the other day which made me think the August 23 release date was plausible. It looks like they are pushing the release back a week, to August 30, to help fine tune some things (probably mostly with the visual refresh).
Is the delay good or bad? I don’t think it is good that they are running into so many unexpected problems but I am glad they are not rushing to release a version that would be unusable to a lot of people. Being that it is still in Beta there will be some bugs but I would expect most of them to be “under-the-hood.” By this point I hope many users will be able to use Beta 2 as their everyday browser. I have been using Firefox 2 as my primary browser ever since Alpha 1 and I have been amazed at the stability that the nightly builds have had (with the exception of a few versions that crashed a lot :) ).
Just like Windows Vista we need to give Firefox 2 some time to fully develop itself. In my opinion this will be the best version of Firefox that has ever been released and the same goes for Vista.
Thanks for noticing this James!