mozilla.org releases Mozilla Milestone 0.9.4
Friday September 14th, 2001
#97 Re: question about Mozilla, Netscape and 4xp
Sunday September 16th, 2001 5:05 PM
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> So why is functionality that was in the old Netscape but missing in Mozilla not an enhancment but a missing functionality with even a own keyword for it?
What is the distinction you make between an "enhancement" and "missing functionality"? Keywords are for tracking classes of bugs that matter to a significant number of contributors. There are many Mozilla contributors that want Mozilla to achieve parity with Netscape 4.x products. They asked for a mechanism to track those bugs. If you do not find that tracking bugs that relate to feature parity with Netscape 4.x products is useful then you don't have to use the keyword.
>If mozilla.org is completely independent of Netscape than Netscape should be treated as every other browser. Just a question ;)
mozilla.org exists to provide a central point of contact and community for those interested in using or improving the source code. It is chartered to act as the virtual meeting place for the Mozilla code, to provide technical and architectural direction for the project, to collect changes, help authors synchronize their work, and periodically make new source releases which incorporate the best work of the net as a whole <http://www.mozilla.org/mission.html>. We <http://www.mozilla.org/about.html> operate discussion forums (mailing lists, newsgroups, or whatever seems most appropriate), coordinate bug lists, keep track of and publicize works in progress, and generally attempt to provide ``roadmaps'' to the code, and projects based on the code. <http://www.mozilla.org/mission.html>.
The Mozilla community is a collection of contributors working to make Mozilla better. Netscape is a big part of this community. The community is not independent of Netscape, it is inclusive of Netscape. Many issues important to Netscape are also important to the greater community. It is important to Netscape to have make a product that is sufficiently featureful to replace their 4.x product. The features and bug fixes contributed by Netscape to mozilla.org are valued by the community. Do you think that there is something wrong with mozilla.org providing a member of the Mozilla community with a keyword that helps them track their conributions to mozilla.org?