Mozilla 0.8.1 Released!
Monday March 26th, 2001
mozilla.org today shipped Mozilla 0.8.1. Builds are available on the ftp server and release notes are also available.
#85 Why most Mozilla critics suck
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.