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.
#5 Stable vs. development branches
Thursday March 16th, 2000 8:29 PM
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Perhaps one should think of the nscp branch as a "stable" one and the mozilla trunk as the permanent "development" branch (even/odd numbers in Linux parlance), even though I presume Mozilla too will have its own beta and releases. I don't think netscape will completely ignore the trunk, because they will need to mine it for the next release of Communicator (6.2 or 7.0 or 2001!) Anyway, I do second the thought that, for Mozilla's sake, somebody needs to ship a solid commercial product based on Mozilla AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, and Netscape is the obvious candidate.