Mozilla 1.0 Definition
Tuesday October 16th, 2001
Brendan Eich, mozilla.org's Technical Bigshot, today posted what mozilla.org believes are the criteria to release a 1.0 milestone. The posting outlines exactly what Mozilla 1.0 is (and isn't), how mozilla.org plans to get there, and what the timeline to get to 1.0 is. Also, it explains why a 1.0 release is needed, and why it's not just another milestone.
#8 Re: Huh, what? No New Features!
Wednesday October 17th, 2001 8:06 AM
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As I read it he's not saying that he wants a complete feature freeze _yet_, but does want a feature "slowdown" so to speak. Assuming that you're going all the way through 0.9.9 to 1.0, the actual feature freeze might be in effect for 0.9.9 and 1.0, for example, possibly also 0.9.8.
If you want to get to a stable 1.0, you have no choice but to implement a feature freeze for all the reasons mentioned in that article and that have been mentioned here. That will mean that some "interesting" features will have to be postponed to 1.0.1 or 1.1 or whatever. If those happen to be features that you happen to want, you will just have to wait for them; that's part of the self-discipline that you need to have in order to put out a stable product. The fact that this is being recognized is actually a hopeful sign.