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.
#30 Good release, but ...
Tuesday May 8th, 2001 9:22 AM
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I agree that PSM2 was an improvement. My point was just the contrast of rewrites/landings in "advanced" components vs. bugs in "basic" functionality. Maybe I should have taken a more exotic component as an example instead of PSM2 (which also serves the "basic" purpose of providing SSL functionality).
I also agree with your remarks on imglib2. Lots of bug triaging is needed there. An interesting questions is why not more volunteers help. I think my own situation is not exotic: although I have quite some programming experience, it's too time consuming to chase bugs. Mozilla's component structure is complex and its docs are sketchy, and many bugs require a good overview of the particular component. This exceeds the time most people can spend on it. Better docs might help here.
My fear is just that because of this development process, Mozilla might just not too soon reach the point of stability and usability that the average user expects.