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.
#26 How believable is MozillaQuest?
Tuesday June 26th, 2001 7:57 AM
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I'm not actively involved in the Mozilla effort (other than running a number of the nightly builds). I keep track of it because of its possible impact (hopefully for the better) on various business projects I'm involved with. I also keep track of what's being done on it via this site and mozilla.org, including bugzilla.
However even if I knew nothing specific about Mozilla, I would find it difficult to take MozillaQuest seriously. It is blatantly obvious that he has never been close to any major software development project of any description (toy projects he might have done in school don't count). He tends to dwell on any kind of typographical error that he finds anywhere to the point of tedium. He seems to expect that every page he finds anywhere on the net in general or mozilla.org in particular would be updated at least daily -- highly unrealistic for most sites that aren't primarily in the business of providing news. And to top it off he appears to have a grandiose view of his own importance but the writing style of a junior high school student.
Frankly I don't find his site credible on its face, even without any other information. I'm sure I'm not alone, at least among individuals who actually know something about software development. Compare his news site to ones that are run by people who actually do have a clue, like NewsForge (<http://www.newsforge.com>) or The Register (<http://www.theregister.co.uk>) and the difference is obvious.
Unfortunately, judging from what I've seen, not everyone seems to be very sensitive to these things. A number of people seem to fall into the old print fallacy that if it's in print it must be true. P. T. Barnum was right, unfortunately.