Full Article Attached Help! All This Developer Talk Confuses Me!

Thursday September 27th, 2001

There's been a lot of confusion about Mozilla branches and how they relate to commercial releases from vendors like Netscape. Asa Dotzler is here to help clear up some of that confusion. Click the Full Article link to read on.

#5 Re: What % Netscape, what % public

by asa <>

Sunday September 30th, 2001 11:49 PM

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"There must be some way of gauging what proportion of the development effort comes from salaried Netscape employees vs. all other contributors."

I'm sure there are a million ways to build data about netscape vs. not-netscape contributions and there are even more ways to interpret that data. I'm not sure what this would get us so I'm not going to even try.

"I noticed special procedures for NS people on the page describing smoketest procedures -- what is that about?"

In addition to paying developers to work on Mozilla, Netscape also pays QA engineers to test Mozilla. One area of Mozilla testing that Netscape participates in is smoketesting. The Netscape paid QA engineers test daily Netscape builds which are basically daily Mozilla builds plus some Netscape specific bits like spellchecker (available to Netscape employees on a server called sweetlou). The smoketesting document is shared between Netscape and non-Netscape smoketesters. There are a few items (marked with white backgrounds) that are either specific to the Netscape daily builds or are tests that are only available to Netscape employees.