Netscape's Plans for M14 and Beyond

Monday February 7th, 2000

Cmad writes, "Want to know more about Netscape's release plan? Another interesting article has been posted on that matter by Jim A. Roskind in the SeaMonkey newsgroup."

If the link above doesn't work for you, try this link.

Jim goes into detail about what Netscape is expecting to do with M14 - it could turn into an alpha Netscape product, a beta product, or, worst case, they might end up holding off to M15 for a branded version. They're expecting that M16 will be feature complete (presumably the skin-switching code and security module will be in by that time, too).

Beyond the obvious performance issues, I think Netscape should really try to address the usability issues with the current skin if they are looking to push out a beta product. For example, the toolbar buttons should be labeled, and the buttons themselves should not extend over the grey space below the main toolbar -- it looks like an unintended effect (or defect).

What do you think? Post your thoughts and ideas in the forum for this news item, but since this has been a contentious issue in the past, I'm asking that you please keep your post civil.


#58 Re: Re: What about compiling?

by Ben_Goodger

Tuesday February 8th, 2000 11:07 PM

You are replying to this message

Please dont think that we dont know we have a memory footprint problem. That is NOT the case.

As a result, suggesting we maintain a set of extra computers for qualitative testing on lower memory systems is absurd. (We can get quantitative performance results from sophisticated tools) How much desk space do you think we have? ;)

Note however that until mid january all my development (including the new Profile Manager, Prefwindow, etc) was done on a 64Mb K6/166. ;)