Mozilla 0.9 Branched, First 0.9.1 Checkin

Wednesday April 25th, 2001 branched today in preparation for the Mozilla 0.9 milestone, which they are targeting at people who are embedding Mozilla in their products as their first solid beta to use. Expect for 0.9 to be released sometime this week, or early next week.

Following the branching, the fix for bug 77002 was checked in to the 0.9.1 trunk, making page load time up to 17% faster in some cases. Verifications are currently going on on the first set of pre 0.9.1 builds with the fix, which are currently up on for Windows, Linux, and Mac. Expect the tree to open within the next few hours for open checkins to 0.9.1.

#13 wanted--more realistic scheduling

by mozuser

Thursday April 26th, 2001 8:01 AM

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Mozilla has come far, but I wish the developers could stick closer to the development schedule. Inevitably at each milestone, the developers don't get all the bugs fixed that they were planning to, and a bunch of bugs get moved to the next milestone, resulting in a lot of disappointed users. Why not flag bugs with a more realistic target milestone from the start? If you work through the bugs faster than you think, you can always readjust the schedule and dive into more bugs. Users will be happier than if a bug they were hoping would be fixed for milestone X gets kicked out to X + 1.

The other problem I have is with all the doublespeak that goes into announcing delays in development. In February it was announced that 0.8.1 was being added to preserve 0.9 as the beta branch point, and other milestones were "shifted" out five weeks. Now all the unfixed 0.9 bugs are being moved out to 0.9.1, and 0.9.1 is the target beta branch point (contrary to this posting, but according to the roadmap). Why isn't 0.9 called 0.8.2 instead, going by the same reasoning that went into the 0.8.1 milestone?