Weekend Discussion: Is Netscape Doing the Right Thing?

Friday May 12th, 2000

Netscape recently released its plans for the PR2 branch. 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. 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"?

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by Pyro

Saturday May 13th, 2000 6:18 PM

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but I have to agree with Kovu. Squash the major bugs and then show me something faster and more stable than what we have. Netscape 4.73 (yes I actually download the increments) is good for me, just a tad slow and no capabilities for modern web standard. But it gets the job done. If I can get a more modern, faster version of that, I'm happy. Having skinability is awesome. Fun features are awesome. But what I hate most is when I'm doing a report and Netscape (or anything) decides to crash my machine. Stability + speed are the main things I'm looking for. And whatever happened to that promise of Netscape fitting on a 1.44MB floppy?