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.
#134 Re: Mozilla a "product"?
Sunday June 10th, 2001 4:57 AM
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Well, maybe it is a strange situation but that's just how it is. Mozilla is the organization that develops the software. Netscape is a client of Mozilla that takes the software and re-brands it and puts it out as "Netscape 6". There could be any number of clients: AOL, Neoplanet, Nokia, Netscape, IBM...
The "releases" (nightly and milestone) that Mozilla put out is for testing and bug reporting - not for actual use by end users.
What worries me is that the number of clients for Mozilla is quickly dropping to 0. If the interpretations by some people of the recent news are correct, Netscape won't continue using Mozilla. AOL is in talks with Microsoft about continuing to use IE after all. Nokia's product seems to be vaporware. Neoplanet cancelled their plans..
If there are no clients and if Mozilla's releases are for developers only, then what's the point?
You also said that Mozilla has devoted users. You are very right and you only have to read some replies to my posts here to see that. Say anything negative about Mozilla and you're going to be eaten alive. The problem is that the relative number of devoted Mozilla users in the large scale of thing is *VERY* low. Did you know that Mozilla and Netscape 6.x *combined* accounts for less than IE 3 (less than 0.5%) and only narrowly beats Netscape 3. In fact, Netscape 6 has LESS users than Netscape 3 in many web statistics reports.
I would like to see some kind of editorial or clarification from "the Mozilla people" about what exactly is going on and what the future outlook is like and what kind of strategy is going to be used to get clients. After all, developing a browser for just developers doesn't make much sense.
Let's see if this post gets any serious replies or if we'll just see the usual "go somewhere else with your negative comments"-type of crap.