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.
#23 Netscape 6.5 Release
Friday June 1st, 2001 5:44 PM
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Re-read the second sentence of the tenth paragraph of the article. No, don't go away to read it, I'll quote it here:
"Their [Netscape's] choices were to either use the 0.9.1 branch as the basis for both the beta release that they have planned and the next 'real' release after that or to do a release off of the trunk some time after 0.9.1 has been released."
Now we could have already guessed that Netscape 6.5 Preview Release 1 would be based on 0.9.1. However, the article also suggests that the final release of Netscape 6.5 will be based on a pre-1.0 build.
So..., considering the problems Netscape had when 6.0 was released, do you think they're making the same mistake again? And why do you think they're not waiting until 1.0?
My personal belief is that 6.5 has to be better than 6.0, simply because Mozilla's progressed so much in the time between 6.0 being released and now. Mozilla's pretty near release quality now and the article suggests that Netscape's people will be working like crazy to make sure that 6.5 is a good release. So, in short, we're okay there. I'll even bet that it'll get some positive reviews.
Answering my second question, I think that Netscape aren't waiting for 1.0 because they want 6.5 to be out around the same time as IE6. IE6 is being developed alongside Windows XP, which is due out on October 25th. However, Windows XP will RTM before that (around July) to allow Microsoft time to distribute it to OEMs. Microsoft says that PCs preloaded with XP will be available before the 25th. Based on that, I think they may make IE6 available for download when it's ready, i.e. around July. With Mozilla 1.0 due out in October at the earliest (what will MozillaQuest say if it hasn't been released by then?), it's too long for Netscape to wait.
That's my thoughts. What's everyone else's?