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.
#139 Re: Re: Mozilla a "product"?
Sunday June 10th, 2001 7:37 AM
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Let's be honest when Mozilla released their source code in April 1998, how many people expected that it was going to take so lang for a serious release?
I know the reason it took so long was they decided to scrap the Mozilla Classic code and make a total rewrite, this was definitely the best thing to do from a quality and standards compliance perspective but for the commercial sector this was way too long to be waiting for a release quality browser. While IE was going from version 4 to 5 then 5.5 Netscape was just adding small improvements to 4.x until Mozilla was ready.
It would have been better for Netscape if Mozilla.org had finished the work on MozClassic because it only seemed like a few months left to finish it. Then Netscape would have had a reasonable 5.x release to keep them going until the current Mozilla was ready. Even during the stage of MozClassic development work was still going on with raptor/nglayout/gecko and once 5.0 was ready then the 4.x tree could be forgot about and they'd have had the better 5.x series to keep them going.
Ultimately the old MozClassic code hadda die sooner or later, and it doesn't really matter whether it was a mistake or not now, it's too late to change things.
In the end, things have taken longer than it's expected but in my experience it happens with a lot of open source projects because the concentration is on quality and compliance with standards that counts. So instead of just having a good fast web browser you do have a platform for expansion, and also a portable toolkit. It'd have been a very narrow minded response to say just make a fast web browser, that wouldn't have offered many of the benefits that mozilla currently offers.
We already have a small fast browser, it's called Opera. But Opera isn't very portable, there's separate codebases for each platform and you always see the Windows release come first and then have to wait for it to be ported, I can also imagine Opera's design won't scale up as well to support new standards but as I've not seen the code I can only speculate.
Remember even if IE got 99% of the market it wouldn't mean the death for Mozilla, there was once a browser that went from no market share and toppled the market leader, that browser was IE (and you seen how crap the early versions were?), there's no reason that once Mozilla is ready that it shouldn't gain enough market share to be at least be taken into consideration when people design pages, that competition will help to keep Microsoft to the standards. If Mozilla wants anywhere near 50% market share it needs to be the default AOL browser, AOL are stupid if they stick with IE particularly as MSN gets a more prominent placement on the Windows desktop anyway.
I really wish there was a preview button, I got distracted here so many times :)