Netscape's Tentative Feature Complete Plans
Thursday March 16th, 2000
Jim Roskind has chimed in with the unofficial word on Netscape's plans for their browser in the months to come. Netscape is hoping to hit a May 2 "Feature Complete" date. The main issue is whether or not Netscape will be forced to "branch" - continue development of their product separately from the main Mozilla development. If that were to happen, it's safe to assume that along with that branch would come a redirecting of Netscape's great QA team to the commercial branch (which means that Mozilla could lose a lot of QA in the meantime). I tend to agree with Jim on this point. I would prefer that Netscape not branch until Mozilla is a bit more stable. Some work, however, still needs to be done to ensure Mozilla's identity apart from Netscape's commercial product (Mozilla can't continue on with Netscape's UI indefinitely). Hopefully something will be worked out where Netscape can continue on without branching for as long as possible, but Mozilla can continue to get improvements that will help it stand on its own. Check out Jim's post, and then tell us what you think.
#2 no, this piece is *not* about beta1
Thursday March 16th, 2000 4:04 PM
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It is about a "feature complete" date, not beta1. Beta1 is still scheduled for end-of-March-first-half-of-April.
"but when AOL previewed Netscape 6.0 the guy who wrote the review said that the UI looked like the 4.x UI "with a few notable differences."
I didn't trust that at all. In fact, I think it was crap.
"In the end, I'd go for branching ASAP. Mozilla might miss the QA from Netscape, but Mozilla's going to be irrelevant if Netscape doesn't get out there and start landing some punches on behalf of Mozilla."
Jim's point was that if you branch now, it's gonna take even longer for Netscape to get a product out (because they will constantly be synching fixes between the main tree and the commercial branch).