Update on 0.9.4

Friday September 7th, 2001

We asked Asa for a quick status on 0.9.4's status, which was for release this weekend, and here's what he had to say:

"Mozilla 0.9.4 daily branch builds are looking good. The Drivers have decided to get some additional coverage on the new "-turbo" mode, and we have added a few days to get it turned on by default in the win32 installer builds (don't worry, you can still uncheck the checkbox in the install routine). This and a few other late fixes have us targeting early to the middle of next week for the release. We're hoping for a good round of builds Monday, and barring any unforeseen problems, release soon after. Any help testing "-turbo" over the weekend and on Monday is greatly appreciated (you all have Bugzilla accounts, right?). The sooner we can find any problems or prove it's working the sooner we'll have our Milestone release."

Preliminary testing is showing -turbo to be a very solid new feature, so with a small amount of testing over the weekend, it should be good to go anywhere from Tuesday on.

#28 A vote against "turbo"

by sremick

Sunday September 9th, 2001 8:52 AM

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I'm sorry, but I'm against the whole philosophy of the "-turbo" option. I bowed away from complaining too loudly though when it was decided to not make it the default. I could compromise with that.

However, now that it has changed to being the default I must voice my strong opposition again. The whole idea is just bad. This is Mozilla doing the Wrong Thing because of influences of other companies who have brainwashed uses into thinking the Wrong Thing is "normal". Programs should not default to staying in memory even when you're not using them. If a user closes it, the program should COMPLETELY UNLOAD FROM MEMORY.

If a user fully understands what they are doing, let them enable "-turbo". That's the only way it should be permitted. The desktop already has provisions for supporting keeping a window open in the background if you intend on using it again later... THAT'S the proper way of doing things. If there's something on my Task Bar, then it's running and using memory. If my Task Bar is clean, it had better the hell be unloaded.

I thought part of the whole idea of Mozilla was to fix the Wrong Way of doing things that we get from other particular companies. This goes totally against that.