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.

#85 Why most Mozilla critics suck

by lmake

Wednesday March 28th, 2001 11:21 PM

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If you make an anouncement on Slashdot or a similar site about a new mozilla release and you will get a flood of people who do nothing but bitch and whinge about mozilla. "It's slow!" "It crashes too much!" "It will never be a good browser!" And they try to justify it with their limited knowledge by saying it's because it has a bad design etc etc

To those people: This is not surprising! Mozilla hasn't even reached version 1 yet, it is still considered beta. The mozilla website still says that you should not use mozilla as your primary web browser, even though a lot of people are, including myself. Those people seem to believe that software, especially open source, should be fast and stable all throughout their development and I don't understand why. No one seems to complain that the preview release of IE6 is unstable and likely to crash your entire system, or that it has been about 2 years since their last major release.

To clarify things for the critics development works like this: Design the software. Make it a good design. Code accourding to this design. You now have a product that works, but this version will always be slow and unstable. Improve this version. Optimise the code, make it stable and fast. Mozilla is in this last stage now. I believe Mozilla is becoming visably faster with each new release.

I also believe, against many comments and articles to the contrary, that mozilla is going to become an example of a great open source success story. But Macpeep is right when he says mozilla is not ready yet because there are problems with it, but I personally believe that it is competition for IE.

One last comment to the uninformed. Wait until version 1 is released. If it is still slow, buggy, and crap, then you can complain, until then 'shut up'. And even then, you can only complain if you are running a decent machine. Stop complaining that it doesn't run on your old pentium 133.