mozilla.org releases Mozilla Milestone 0.9.4
Friday September 14th, 2001
#127 Why I'd like a 1.0
Monday September 17th, 2001 2:51 PM
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Asa, I really think it is important to have a 1.0 mozilla release. Here are my reasons, I am sure others would agree with me:
1) I have no intention of using Netscape 6.x. I like Mozilla and I use it for all my day to day browsing.
2) I still use NS 4 for email, because I can't afford even the slightest risk of losing email messages. My business depends on it.
3) I'd like a version of mozilla that has all the debugging stuff removed, which is rock solid as far as the mail app goes, which can support java and helper apps properly, is optimised as far as possible without more major codebase changes, and which has a stable api for third party developers to use. When this happens, it should be called 1.0
4) Once 1.0 is released I will remove NS 4 completely from my system and replace it with Mozilla 1.0. I'll still continue testing nightlies of mozilla, but 1.0 will be the benchmark with which to determine if something works or if it is broken.
5) 1.0 is a psychological point for Mozilla. It says to people: the mozilla project has achieved something really solid. It says that Netscape are basing their new browsers on a stable product. It says to companies that they can develop third party extensions without worrying about having the rug pulled from under them. It validates the open source development model. It will be a great headline on Slashdot (I'm not joking). Finally, it might encourage more people to dip into the code and find out how it works. I am willing to bet you that sourcecode downloads for a mozilla 1.0 would go through the roof. All of these things would surely be of benefit to the mozilla community.