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Mozilla 0.9.6 Released

Tuesday November 20th, 2001

mozilla.org today made available for download binaries of the Mozilla 0.9.6 Milestone. The builds are available on the releases page, or you can get them directly from the ftp site.

New to this milestone are fixes for about 1,600 bugs including support for site icons in both the url bar and tabs (expect IE's favicons to show up in 0.9.7), displaying both Windows Bitmap (.bmp) and Windows Icon (.ico) files inline on all platforms, a new print preview implementation, Page Setup improvements on the Macintosh, Mail message 'labels' (Correction: This feature is not fully complete, only parts of the backed have landed.), and a new select and search context menu item, among others. If you are interested in more information on any of these new features, be sure to check out the release notes.

Also, mozilla.org last week released the source code on which Netscape 6.2 was based.


#136 Re: Re: Re: Re: defect curve

by bcwright <bcwright@ix.netcom.com>

Thursday November 22nd, 2001 6:54 PM

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That's not the point. The point is that new features consume resources for testing the features, and if serious errors are found will require resources to find and fix the bugs. Note that "serious errors" in this context are NOT further enhancement requests unless they are enhancements that are practically required for the useability of the feature.

One of the major principles of software development is to get rid of the "serious defect" problems as soon as possible (crashers, dataloss, producing incorrect results, etc) AND THEN you can add new features if you have time. Otherwise the project is likely to get totally out of control. And as long as you're adding new features you are making it more difficult to obtain closure on the "serious defect" class of problem. How difficult depends a lot on the exact situation, what sorts of features are being added and so forth, but it's not unheard-of for this to make it *IMPOSSIBLE* to obtain closure.

--Bruce