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.

#3 Re: no, this piece is *not* about beta1

by Kovu <>

Thursday March 16th, 2000 5:04 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."

Well, this info was in a section called "beta schedule" which contained everything but, hence my question.

"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."

But why? Because CNET posted it? I can see if you don't believe the guy who wrote it, but unless you disbelieve AOL (I believe Barry Schuler previewed the software) which is fine, granted, it could be company gibberish, but in that case it's AOL's presentation you think is crap, not CNET (who didn't write the review) or the guy who was at the preview and posted what seemed a pretty standard review of a beta preview.

(NOTE: the reason I tend to believe his review was the AOL TV bit, I knew about those technologies when they were called Amiga under Gateway, and the features they listed fall right in line with AOL/Gateway's formerly-known-as Amiga technologies, which is why I took the reviewer at his word with Netscape 6.0.)

"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."

Well that makes a lot of sense. Sure, let's branch now so it will take longer to get a product out? If that's the case, what would the point be of branching early at all? And I repeat my question, why are there now two different builds, M15 and M15nb1b (which as you know means Netscape Beta 1 Branch) if they haven't branched already?