M13 Alpha - What's Next?
Thursday January 27th, 2000
Mozilla.org has declared M13 to be "alpha" which means Mozilla needs your attention and constructive bug reports as it pushes towards beta. Why not check out the latest builds and start using Mozilla more and more throughout your day?
Also, you can join the gathering in #mozillazine every evening. Talk about the latest builds, help clear out duplicate bugs, or just hang and chat. Point your IRC client at irc.mozilla.org, or, better yet, you can use the Chatzilla IRC client enabled in the latest builds (under the Tasks menu). Just start up the client, /attach moznet, and then /join #mozillazine. You'll probably want to change your nick from IRCMonkey to something more appropriate once you get connected. :-) You can also use the Java chat client on our chat page.
#2 fully functional, not completely bug-free
Thursday January 27th, 2000 9:50 PM
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For most users, betas should work fine almost all of the time. Bugs left should not impede functionality for most users with average configurations. Crashes are acceptable occasionally.
Betas should not visibly look any different from the final product. For instance I would hope the pop up ads at Netcenter would be the proper size, that My Netscape needs to work, and that all latest versions of the few major plug-ins (Quicktime, Realplayer) should work fine. Currently Realplayer does not work at all for me. It almost does with Netscape radio but you don't hear anything. This is not acceptable for beta. Multimedia is an important part of the Internet and needs to be functional
In short, betas crash occasionally and may not work perfectly for some more obscure configurations, but most users shouldn't have any problems using the software most of the time.