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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.


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by bcwright <bcwright@ix.netcom.com>

Friday November 23rd, 2001 5:59 PM

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Asa,

I'm not saying that you necessarily need to _fix_ everything that's targetted at 1.0 in order to have a shippable release. Obviously things like minor features or performance-related improvements are optional, I think we all understand that.

Nor are bugs that are already targetted at 1.0 likely to be a complete list. Tomorrow someone may find a critical error that had been missed up until now. Obviously that is something that may well need to be fixed for 1.0.

All I'm saying is that by some means -- fixing them, triaging them, finding that they are duplicates of bugs already fixed or user errors, or whatever -- you need to get the targetted bug count under control before you can ship a release. Until relatively recently that count had been increasing, not decreasing, and that's not a sustainable situation.

One of the famous Russian novelists (Tolstoy?) wrote a short story about the peasant who made a pact with the Devil, that he could have all of the land he could walk around in a day. But the peasant, being greedy, could not resist trying to get every nice parcel he could see into his new allotment. In the process he ran so hard that he killed himself from overexertion. I am concerned that Mozilla is in danger of trying to get every single nice feature or performance tweak into 1.0, and in the process kill itself. Getting out a good release takes discipline, not greed.

Best regards,

--Bruce