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Full Article Attached Towards Mozilla 1.0

Tuesday June 26th, 2001

Gervase Markham recently posted his feelings on what a 1.0 release of Mozilla would be. Gerv has sent us the follow-up to that posting, including much of the feedback he received. To read it, click the full article link. Once you have read through it, we welcome you to post your feelings on what you think a 1.0 release would have. [As Gerv says, please don't post your favorite list of bugs, only the criteria for choosing what bugs to fix.]


#217 Re: Re: Re: Wrong, wrong, wrong!!

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Friday June 29th, 2001 8:53 PM

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"In a way, there's an implicit promise to ship a polished product". I don't think this applies at all. When mozilla.org declares some Milestone (in the not too distant future) to be 1.0 it is not "shipping a product". Netscape is shipping a product when it releases something like Netscape 6.x. Commercial distributors ship products. mozilla.org is building a technology. When it is declared 1.0 it will be because it is ready to be consumed by commercial vendors/distributors, embedding interests, app builders and some open source power users who just like using non-commercial software. The linux kernal isn't "a polished product". It is a piece of technology that when bundled with other technologies and packaged up by distributors like RedHat and Caldera makes a "polished product". I don't know that I've ever seen mozilla.org issue a statement that it was going to "ship a polished product" and I don't know that shipping a product even makes sense in our system. If it does then we've been shipping a product every day for the last couple years. That's not to say that I'm against polish. Polish makes it easier for vendors to slap a brand on Mozilla and have a decent product. The easier we make it for them the more vendors step up and do distributions. The more distributions the more mozilla user agents there are on the web. I think polish is a fine thing. I don't think that it is the only or even the most important thing. --Asa