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.
#7 Branched, not forked
Friday March 17th, 2000 8:05 AM
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Netscape has branched for beta. This is not a permanent fork. This is not even the commercial build. It is still available to testers which means that it doesn't have any of the Netscape proprietary stuff in it. There is a seperate commercial tree that is in sync with the Mozilla tree. It is this tree (some branch of it I imagine) that will have netscape proprietary stuff. I assume that as soon as beta1 is released that the branch will be merged back into the tip and soon after a beta2 branch will emerge. I'm just guessing about all of this but I doubt that beta signals the end of Netscape involvement in Mozilla.
Asa (you kniw it! posted with mozilla)