mozilla.org releases Mozilla Milestone 0.9.4
Friday September 14th, 2001
#80 about 1.0
Sunday September 16th, 2001 6:14 AM
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I'm simply talking about a tagged version mozilla 1.0 for end users. Probably somebody who knows what he/she is doing could prepare on in a matter of days. The current version number and way of packaging mozilla (i.e. with all the debugging stuff etc.) just screams to end users that it isn't for them.
With most open-source projects there is a clear distinction between stable versions, testing versions and development versions. Mozilla has not had a stable end-user version yet (milestones are explicitly meant for testing). You might claim netscape 6.1 is such a stable version but I disagree. Netscape 6.1 is a derived product, just like forte is based on a netbeans release (a stable release) and star office will be based on a stable release of open office.
We all agree that the current milestone is pretty good. No crashes, everything seems to work as it should, it is fast. Basically there's no reason an end user shouldn't use this version. So why not communicate this to these end users by labeling this build 1.0 and remove some menus that the ende user won't need. The work that is needed for this step is not much but the message communicated is of great value.