Some Comments on the Leaked 6 Beta

Wednesday March 29th, 2000

If you visit sites other than MozillaZine, you might have gotten wind of an accidentally public version of Netscape 6 Beta. What had happened was that Netscape was doing some staging tests on an ftp server, and some folks got wind of this (and the direct links to the files) and spread the news far and wide. MozillaZine considered posting this news, but we contacted Netscape and they requested that we hold off, and told us that what was on the FTP server isn't necessarily everything that would be in the final Beta release. The links have since been removed. This release wasn't "unofficial", it was "accidental", and it wasn't a "preview release". The Beta itself may very well be branded a "Preview Release", but what people got was not some special "sneak peek", or anything of the sort.

The Netscape 6 Beta is coming, though, and we'll let you know as soon as there is something to report.

#10 I think they made a mistake by announcing the Beta

by sacolcor

Thursday March 30th, 2000 7:58 AM

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By preannouncing the Beta, they've locked themselves into a schedule in which they will be forced to release or risk a severe hit to their image. Unfortunately, software development doesn't work like that...there's too much opportunity for a last minute blocker bug to come along. Far better, IMHO, to hold off on a press fanfare until they have a shipable product in hand. Sadly, marketing departments often feel the need to make promises on behalf of the engineers....