Mozilla has set a release date for the latest version of its Firefox web browser.

Mozilla senior director of platform engineering Damon Sicore said in a developer forum posting that barring setbacks, the final builds of Firefox 4 would reach next week on 22 March.

"Both IT and Marketing have indicated that March 22nd is an acceptable final launch date," wrote Sicore.

"If at any time we discover issues that would block final release, we would issue an RC2 as soon as possible, reset the ship date, and communicate to everyone."

The release would conclude what has been a tumultuous development cycle for Firefox 4. Originally pushed into its beta stage in the summer of 2010, the browser has been hit with delays that extended beta testing into February.

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