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.
#38 Re: Re: Re: Netscape 6.5 Release
Saturday June 2nd, 2001 11:39 AM
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If Netscape called the next release Netscape 7, they would be admitting that the whole 6.x line was a failure. However, if they released a good version (6.5), then people wouldn't remember it like that.
There's also the problem that Netscape skipped version 5. If Netscape moved straight to version 7 after such a short period of time, people may stop believing that the version numbers are any indication of progression.
Also, many people would argue that 6.5 will have all the features that should have been in 6.0 and 6.01. By not jumping straight to version 7, users may think that Netscape has taken the time to improve Netscape 6 rather than dropping it to concentrate on 7. An x.5 version number says that the product has been tweaked and improved and should offer greater stability and polish than previous versions. An x.0 release says that while there may be new features, they'll be bugs. Based on the response to Netscape 6.0, Netscape can't afford to do that.
Lastly, Netscape want to get the message across that their browser is in direct competition with IE, to give the impression that it must therefore be as good as IE. Having similar version numbers (6.5 for Netscape, 6.0 for IE) reinforces this.