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.
#84 Netscape 6.5 Release
Monday June 4th, 2001 2:13 AM
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I don't think they skipped really skipped 5.0. Technically, the code they released WAS 5.0. I saw it on Kerz's machine (he still has it) and the Windows version, at least, was sufficiently different from 4.5 to be 5.0. It had a sidebar, and even a built-in file manager on the personal toolbar. I think it'd be safer to say they "scrapped" 5.0 before releasing it. Some might argue that was a bad idea, but by defaulting to 4.5 and NOT focusing on 5.0, Mozilla got more attention. I think it would have taken even longer to get Netscape 6 if 5.0 had been released and supported. I even found an official 5.0 beta at Netscape's site once, it had a Guide button, I think, with a signpost on it.
As for 6.5, I agree with you. Most companies wait until a major bugfix release to upgrade to a product. If Netscape jumped to version 7 now, some companies would be confused into waiting until a post 7.0 release.