MozillaZine Releases

Tuesday August 14th, 2001 today released the source code for, which is the code that matches Netscape 6.1. This comes from the 0.9.2 branch, and is being made available both as part of the MPL license requirement, and as a way for third parties to easily use it to write compatible plugins and addon features to Netscape 6.1, as well as Mozilla.

#132 Re: Re: Give it up...

by dipa

Monday September 3rd, 2001 4:24 AM

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Finally, I don't believe your intentions about Mozilla project are bad, so I think some inaccurate statements of yours must be coming from either your obsession with IE or a relatively small user experience from Mozilla. No offense about the "obsession" thing, simply as a Navigator user I cannot understand why a good-but-not perfect browser like IE is considered top quality software. Everyone who used the straightforward appoach of NS will understand what I mean. Quoting par example:

"Mean time between failures for Mozilla is slightly lower than Netscape 4 for me".

Definitely Mozilla is *vastly* improved, regarding to stability (I don't mean polishing bugs and regression problems, issues considered normal in a development process). The inglorious days when NS4x was crashing everytime it was trying to render some badly written page (or even good ones) are long in the past. I still like NS4x for its UI responsiveness and small memory footprint but this damn thing was crashing like mad (thankfully, it wasn't affecting Windows). There are still some related jokes around the Net about that. Now with mozilla I am able to browse for hours over many different sites and multiple windows without a single crash.

I have noticed the great stability improvement (I mean the immunity to crashes due to web page structure) on various hardware setups under Win95, Win98 and Win2k. On the same machines, NS4 was a nightmare, despite of many attempts for tweaking (using Netscape's knowledge database). After watching so many specific web page related crashing bugs filed in Bugzilla (the vast majority of them being fixed now), I am sure I know why Mozilla is better on this aspect. They keep an eye on this kind of problems at top priority. Not to mention talkback crash data. Great debugging feature.

I am sure Asa Dotzler can give you more impressive data about stability for the last milestones.