mozilla.org releases Mozilla Milestone 0.9.4
Friday September 14th, 2001
#85 Re: Re: Re: Re: I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad...
Sunday September 16th, 2001 11:21 AM
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Here's a quote from the Mozilla Roadmap:
"Drivers propose these changes to the last roadmap's plan in order to use 'more obvious' milestone numbers, to pick up the pace slightly (5 weeks instead of 6), and to align better with several known commercial contributors' tentative release plans. If you are planning a Mozilla-based product release whose schedule does not jibe well with the above milestones, we welcome your feedback (we will keep confidential information to ourselves, and will sign NDAs if necessary)." <http://www.mozilla.org/roadmap.html>
So, the reason Asa didn't reveal that the 'major vendor' is Netscape was probably because he's under an NDA. Saying that a commercial release is going to be made from 0.9.4 without saying by whom is still useful as it shows that there's commercial interest in the current builds.
A vendor could just download the 0.9.4 source code, work on it a bit and then make a commercial release from it without ever informing The Mozilla Organization. They could do it entirely in secret. If they choose to tell The Mozilla Organization, it's their prerogative to ask that it be kept secret.
Even so, it wasn't too difficult to work out that Netscape are planning a 0.9.4-based release. You don't even have to watch the checkins: just the amount of Bugzilla activity by Netscape engineers and the filing of meta bugs to track 'must fix' issues for eMojo should make it easy enough to work out.
Personally, I'm interested in what's going to be in the next (post-eMojo) release. So far I've figured out it's probably codenamed MachV and a quick search on mozilla.org brought up a load of specs for features that Netscape presumably want in their next release.