Netscape Releases 6.1
Wednesday August 8th, 2001
Netscape today released Netscape 6.1, which comes off the 0.9.2 branch. Visit the download page at Netscape for the build. Mozilla builds matching 6.1 are available in the July 27 0.9.2 nightly directories.
#11 Re: to early, again
Wednesday August 8th, 2001 3:05 PM
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Yes, I agree with Netscape's release schedule in this case, although I didn't agree with 6.0. I get the impression from newsgroups that this is far from a minority position, although I can't be sure because needless to say, many newsgroup posters are Netscape employees (although many Netscape employees freely admit to disagreeing with the 6.0 release too).
Considering that 6.0 is such a piece of crap, I've considered a 6.1 or 6.something release a high priority to show people that mozilla *isn't* a piece of crap, and that 6.0 was just immature.
0.9.2 and .3 are, IMO, worthy competitors in the "browser war" and the only reason they don't merit a 1.0 label is because people have set *extremely* high goals for 1.0 (100% standards compliance, performance close to NS4/IE on all operations, almost-feature-parity with NS4, almost-zero known crash/hang/dataloss bugs, etc). Netscape 4.7 didn't even come close to Mozilla's 1.0 criteria. Heck, IE5.5 doesn't meet them!
So there's nothing wrong with releasing a pre-1.0 build as 6.1, or 6.2 or 3 for that matter, if Mozilla is still not quite at that near-perfect state it needs to be for 1.0.
If they *didn't* release 6.1 now, people would think for another year or more that Netscape 6, and by implication Mozilla, must suck. With the 6.1 release Netscape have shown that Mozilla is capable of producing a solid and powerful application. Even if it's not perfect, it's finally *good*. It's finally *worth recommending* to friends. It's finally something not to be ashamed of being associated with.
So yes, I'm very grateful to Netscape for making me able to be *proud* of my association with their browser, instead of having to disclaim everything I do with "yes, it used to suck but it's got much better since 6.0".