Mozilla 0.9.1 Released
Thursday June 7th, 2001
mozilla.org released milestone 0.9.1 today, which continues to move Mozilla towards the 1.0 release. New features include Bi-directional text support, LDAP Autocomplete in mail, new combined taskbar, an overhaul of the Modern skin with all new colors and buttons, and a slew of performance and stability fixes, with over 30 of the topcrash bugs fixed.
#119 Is Netscape 6.5 going to be called Netscape 6.1?
Saturday June 9th, 2001 4:30 PM
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We thought Netscape's next release was going to be called Netscape 6.5, then some people argued it should be Netscape 7, but now it looks like Netscape is at least toying with the idea of calling it Netscape 6.1.
I've got no confirmation of this, but I noticed when 0.9.1 crashed (it does still happen!), the Talkback Agent said "Netscape 6.1B1". I presume the "B" stands for beta (Preview Release in Netscape-speak). The 0.9 Talkback said "Netscape 6.5". And today I noticed that a Netscape engineer had referred to "Netscape 6.1 Preview Release 1". <http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=84933>
I think that calling the next release 6.1 is a bad idea because: * It understates the improvements * Many people mistakenly refer to 6.01 as 6.1, so they won't be aware that there's a new release
The only reasons I can think of to explain why Netscape would want to release the upgrade under the name Netscape 6.1 are: * They don't want people to think it's a really major upgrade, so they won't get disappointed * Netscape Marketing are very modest :-)
Here's why I think each of the above are pretty weak reasons: * Can anyone honestly say they noticed the difference the first time they loaded IE5.5? * This is the same marketing department that skipped version 5 completely
So there you have it. Remember, I've got no evidence to support any of this. I'm only speculating.