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Netscape 6 PR3 Available

Tuesday October 3rd, 2000

Netscape has made PR3 available from their website. PR3 is currently only available in the English version, according to the options given on the site.


#101 Re: Re: Re: Of course, but....

by socbyset <socbyset@hotmail.com>

Monday October 9th, 2000 3:39 PM

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The issue here is not any specific bug but some basic architectural decisions made early on. Saying that we won\'t help report or fix bugs or help code so then we have no right to criticize doesn\'t make sense. It seems like one would contribute to the effort only if they thought that the basic direction of the project was sound. If not then it is appropriate to discuss their concerns in a forum such as this.

The problem cited was not a lack of people around who will report bugs and fix memory leaks, it was a criticism of the basic design of the thing, that having a platform independent front end will make Mozilla a pig, no matter how many people are helping out. Why would someone commit their free time to Mozilla if they feel that it is so fundamentally flawed?

And anyway, I think the Mozilla project should be totally open to criticism from anyone who wants to criticize it. Sure, it\'s open source but you can\'t shut someone out of this discussion just becuase they don\'t contribute. Mozilla has plenty of resources, including a fully staffed full-time development team at Netscape and has had plenty of time. The fact that it is open-source means that it has even more resources available and thus should be even more open to criticism. If it is doing badly then the blame lies not in all the lazybones like me who failed to file bug reports but with strategic decisions and management. The people who ultimately decide the fate of Mozilla will be end-users. They will have the exact same complaints that you are hearing here and they will probably ignore Mozilla/Netscape because of it. You can continue to turn a deaf ear to the complaints because those millions have never filed a bug report. Meanwhile Mozilla will lie dead as a beached whale in the marketplace.