Mozilla 0.9 Released!
Monday May 7th, 2001
mozilla.org today released milestone 0.9, which moves us a big step closer to a 1.0 release. The 0.9 release contains some of the largest changes in quite some time, with rewrites of the imglib, memory and disk cache, message view in mail, bookmark manager, Personal Security Manager 2 (PSM2), and the help viewer. Many of these rewrites have helped greatly enhance Mozilla's performance since 0.8.1, with the Mail front end rewrite and PSM2 being two of the largest improvements. For those of you who use Java, the JVM is now loaded on first use, rather than when you first start up, leading to much quicker startup.
#28 Re: Good release, but ...
Tuesday May 8th, 2001 8:59 AM
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I largely agree with you. Rewriting from scratch is an entrenched netscape/mozilla.org philosophy, and sometimes there is a lot of damage. Take the case of imglib2. It sure has a lot of archtectural improvements and other such things that users neither see nor care about, but it also has assloads of bugs. Can't display jpegs, artifacts on progressive GIFs, wacky animated gifs, you name it. It will take a few more weeks before imglib2 has visible feature parity with imglib1.
But I disagree with you about PSM2. PSM 1 was worthless. Usually the user would wait many seconds or even minutes to enter an SSL site, then PSM would either start consuming all the CPU, or just crash altogether. Mozilla with the previous PSM was not useful for banking and other secure online activities. That was a major deficiency and we should be glad that PSM 1 get scrapped.