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M12 Out!

Tuesday December 21st, 1999

M12 is now out. Get it from the FTP site. It might be a little difficult to get in. If you have a mirror site, let us know in the forum, and we'll add your info to this news item.

So far there are releases for Mac, FreeBSD, Sparc Solaris 2.7, Windows, OpenVMS and Linux.


#73 Hmm

by Darchmare <jeff@newdream.net>

Tuesday December 28th, 1999 4:20 AM

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feldercarb -

I think you're missing the point somewhat. The way the open-source development model works is that everyone does what they can. While a coder should certainly code to their best ability, they are not expected or required to test things out on every platform/OS/processor combination out there. That's what the daily builds are for. Every day, you can download a recent copy of the program and submit feedback. This is very rapid, and is much more foolproof than a single person hunting down bugs on multiple platforms - at least in a case when a browser runs on a half dozen platforms at the least.

As an aside, I can run M12 on my Mac (PB G3, 64 MB ram, MacOS 9) without crashing for hours - at least in the browser component, the rest I haven't played with as much. Compare this to M10 where I was crashing all of the time.

It's easy to say that Mozilla is buggy because, well, it is. That's a worthless assertion though until you take into account the rate of progress. It's buggy, but it's a hell of a lot less buggy than it was only a couple months ago. The fact that you're installation was so bad doesn't mean all of ours is the same.

Mozilla is a developer release. Unless you don't mind helping along in the process, don't download it. While it may seem foreign to you, it functions exactly like the average open-source project.