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.
#97 Promotion would be counter-productive.
by JBassford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday August 10th, 2001 9:56 AM
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But this isn't JUST a beta product. It's the FIRST beta product. If Mozilla 1.x had been around for a while and the company were working on 2.0beta then you'd certainly be right - no point in not marketing it.
But look at the response Netscape got to 6.0. Everybody hated it, and it generated BAD publicity for the company.
If Mozilla had marketed 0.6 (just as Netscape did under their own name) much the same would have happened to them.
No, Mozilla is far smarter to keep pre 1.0 out of the media. Once it's hit 1.0 and is "ready for prime time" THEN market it since there won't be any certain negative reaction to it.
Any computer user is already familiar enough (and impressed enough) with Mozilla's efforts and improving product. The general public doesn't need to know yet.