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.
Friday January 28th, 2000 12:07 PM
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I think the theme switching technology in mozilla needs to be working before we release a beta. While changing themes is not necessary by any means it needs to be there for one reason: the beta will get noticed.
Right now the majority of computer users have no clue what mozilla is. When the mozilla beta is released, the netscape beta will come shortly after and then all that will change. Netscape is one of the most recognized names on the Internet. When netscape communicator 5.0 beta is released people will notice. People will download it. People will write about it in computer web sites and magazines. People will compare it feature by feature to the competition. People are going to judge the entire open source concept be the success of the mozilla project. The technology to change themes has set mozilla back by months. And it was all worth it, but if it isn't there when this product goes to beta, most people aren't going to understand what took us so long and why we think mozilla is so great.