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.
#71 Beta components: most features done
Saturday January 29th, 2000 1:30 PM
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I think that to qualify as beta, development of the component must be complete, i.e. it has to be "done" (including QA) (or nearly complete and the missing features should be peripheral).
Notice here, I say component, I can certainly see the "Browser" component being beta and say "Composer" remaining alpha. Even though not all components of Mozilla would be beta, you could still call Mozilla a beta by carefully indicating in the release which parts are completed and which parts are not. For instance (hypothetical): <<< In this beta, the browser part is complete (except for Java) and should work correctly most of the time, experience shows that there are bugs remaining however, so expect some problems: the goal of the beta is to find these problems by running in as diverse an environment as possible. The Composer feature is still in development, about 75% of the functions are done. Also it has not been thoroughly tested, you can try it to see where we are going but do not expect it to work correctly all the time and there could be major problems. Please report any problem that you find through Bugzilla ...>>>