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Mozilla 0.9.3 Released!

Thursday August 2nd, 2001

mozilla.org today released Mozilla milestone 0.9.3, continuing to work towards a 1.0 release. Preliminary data is showing that 0.9.3 is up to 35% more stable than 0.9.2, thanks to increased focus on stability bugs this milestone. Along with that, the newest incarnation of the Modern has had some additional work since 0.9.2.

Builds are available on mozilla.org's download page (or go right to the FTP directory), along with release notes.


#33 Analysis of open bugs?

by bcwright <bcwright@ix.netcom.com>

Friday August 3rd, 2001 12:40 PM

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This is a graphical picture of a similar issue to the one I mentioned. This one includes both targetted and untargetted bugs, lumping serious problems in with trivial typos and enhancement requests and without any indication of severity; as such it is of somewhat limited value. The problem with both this and the statistic I mentioned is that they are subject to the "lies, damn lies, and statistics" criticism; without more information it is difficult to know what they mean.

Both of them are worrisome however. I tend to think that the one I mentioned is more so, because those bugs have presumably been deemed "worth" fixing in a relatively short time frame and to be of a fairly severe nature, and this graph presumably includes lots of duplicates, enhancement requests, and trivial errors. You can even argue that to some extent, getting a lot of user reports can be something of a good sign, as long as they aren't reports of lots of different problems of a serious nature; it means that people are actually using the program.

I really haven't seen much discussion of this, other than that "it seems more reliable" at the end-user level. This is good, no doubt about that, but then what is the meaning of the continuing upward tick in the open/targetted bug counts? Does anyone with enough information to talk intelligently on this care to comment?

Bruce