Mozilla 0.8.1 Released!

Monday March 26th, 2001 today shipped Mozilla 0.8.1. Builds are available on the ftp server and release notes are also available.

Mozilla 0.8.1 continues on the road to 1.0, and is one of the last milestones prior to it. The next planned milestone will be 0.9, and will branch on or around April 20. Following that will either be a 0.9.1 release or a 1.0 branch on the 20th of May. More info on the milestone plan is available on the roadmap page.

Mozilla 0.8.1's new features include an updated Chatzilla, a much improved Javascript console, improved theme switching and support for theme uninstalling, new history viewer ala mozClassic, improved mail filtering, and numerous other bug fixes. 0.8.1 does not include the new Outliner Mail Window, the new disk cache, or imglib2.

#58 Re: Is that your response to everything...

by rkl

Tuesday March 27th, 2001 4:52 PM

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> As far as people using NS4.x - I think that was a great snappy product

Personally, I think the opposite. Until the rewrite of Netscape into Mozilla came along, the "snappiest product" Netscape actually had was NS 3.04 ! It had good ergonomics, was lightweight and generally didn't crash too much.

For me, NS 4.X was actually a step backwards from 3.X - it became bloated, rendered nested tables *appallingly slowly* and ergonomically was a dog's dinner (e.g. they dropped the mail composition window, so you either have to use a fully blown Messenger session or, if you have the Nav standalone of 4.X, mailto: does nothing ! And don't get me started on the fact that there's no way to close the view source or view document info windows without using your window manager's kill function !).

Mozilla came along in the nick of time, IMHO. NS 4.X was, to be blunt, an embarrassing product that never properly tracked the W3C standards (HTML 4, CSS etc.) and was extremely crash-prone.

Now if only Mozilla would finally support automatic proxy config URLs via the preferences panel then I might be able to install it on our intranet :-) Oh, and hopefully the Modern Mozillium theme will be re-done after recent XUL changes to Mozilla - it's my fave skin (you have to download it from NS Theme Park page at <…hemes/index.html?cp=djuc7> and not from the site) and it doesn't work properly with the latest nightly builds...