0.9.2 Branch and Beyond
Sunday June 24th, 2001
Chris Blizzard has posted an update on current tree management plans for the 0.9.2 branch and the 0.9.3 trunk. The plan calls for mozilla.org to drop the requirement of email@example.com approval for check ins to the trunk, while continuing it till 0.9.2 is finished on the branch. Chris felt that using 0.9.2 as a stability milestone was a success, partly thanks to the drivers requirement, but mostly due to better self policing by those who were checking in.
#16 Netscape on Linux
Monday June 25th, 2001 10:13 AM
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It's not a matter of holding off. Most Linux vendors are Free Software supporters, and included NS4x only because they are pragmatic and needed a decent graphical browser in 199x.
Today's distributions often include Mozilla (as an optional extra) and they will remove NS4x as soon as their local policies dictate that it's appropriate to do so. In Debian's case this has already happened.
For the commercial distributors the requirements are more complicated, stranding NS4x users would be commercial suicide so they can't remove NS4x until they have a seamless replacement.
Netscape 6.x is probably closer to achieving 4x parity than Mozilla but not by enough to outweigh the additional maintenance and political price of shipping yet another round of non-free software with the core OS.
So Red Hat and other Linux distributors will wait for Mozilla to reach an "acceptable" level of parity and then replace Netscape once and for all.
If Netscape planned to SELL version 6.x on Linux I'd tell them not to bother, but since they're giving it away anyhow it can't hurt any more than Opera or other non-free browsers on Linux.