Weekend Discussion: Is Netscape Doing the Right Thing?
Friday May 12th, 2000
Netscape recently released its plans for the PR2 branch. Mozilla.org then released their tree plans for the next few months, and then followed up this evening with a more detailed position on tree management. The one thing that is clear is that Netscape is working on an accelerated schedule. Mozilla.org has yet to release a beta, and Netscape is currently working towards a second beta. Feature freeze for Netscape is coming much earlier than for Mozilla. This means that Netscape's feature list will probably be truncated somewhat (although the developers are trying mightily to get the remaining features in), and it also means that there might be changes to Mozilla before its release that impact its compatibility with Netscape's final release. Netscape has promised standards compliance, but there is also the serious question as to how bug-free that standards compliance will be by final release.
Is Netscape doing the right thing by pushing ahead and trying to get a release into the public's hands? Or will they just end up alienating Mozilla developers and website developers by rushing a product to market? Is it even fair to consider it "rushing"?
#16 OF COURSE it'll stop
Saturday May 13th, 2000 5:13 PM
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That's the thing about beta software, especially in this critical juncture where Netscape is throwing feature after feature into the code and causing regression upon regression -- IT'S GOING TO BE BUGGY. We're not discussing bugs with the regressions, we're discussing Netscape's claim that they will support 100% of certain standards and then turning the other cheek and saying "but we don't promise NO bugs in those standards", i.e., it's hard to claim 100% and still have a buggy implementation.