Upcoming Mozilla Tree Plans
Friday June 1st, 2001
Chris Blizzard, a member of the mozilla.org Drivers, has posted an update on what will be happening for the next milestone (0.9.2). Basically, checkins will require Driver approval, along with the normal review and super-review. The milestone will only be two weeks long, and will give the tree a chance to breathe a bit, following a long string of large rewrites. To read the entire message, click the full article link.
#123 Netscape 6 For Dummies
Wednesday June 6th, 2001 12:35 AM
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For PR1 to be the first release of Netscape in like three years was BAD. I think they should have released PR2 or PR3, as the beta, and then RTM.
As for the book, I had convinced IDG Books (whom I was an editor for), now Hungry Minds, that Netscape 4.5 For Dummies needed to be scrapped and that they needed to write a new book. They went to the author and told him they wnated this (he had the right to first refusal contractually), and he refused. They asked me if I'd like to do it, and I had the proposal and table of contents approved, and then they pulled it at the last minute due to market considerations. They said they wanted to see how Netscape "recovered from its self-imposed exile".
If 6.5 kicks ass, and people really start using Netscape again, then maybe I can roust up a market for books. The problem is that browser books just don't sell that great anymore. People know how to use browsers now.
The only Netscape books I'll bet will ever be marketable are on potential future products with the Netscape brand, such as Netscape Online, should AOL decide to release a broadband Netscape service as an alternative to AOL. AOL has really got to push Netscape before anyone will sign another Netscape book, or that's my take on it. It just isn't happening yet.
So we'll see. Thanks for being interested, though, and if Netscape ever goes ballistic in marketing like AOL can do, you'll see me writing about Netscape in a minute. :)
James Russell (aka Kovu)