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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 asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Friday November 23rd, 2001 8:21 PM

You are replying to this message

"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."

Actually, while it would be nice to see the number of known bugs in the product going down, the number of bugs targeted at a particular milestone isn't going to stop us from having a release, there's nothing stopping us from using a totally different approach than bugzilla for ship criteria. We could create a set of tests and say that when we pass the tests it's 1.0. Those tests could be minimal or extensive. But tests shouldn't be the only criteria just like bug data shouldn't be the only criteria. If all of the bugs in the system were targeted against 0.9.7 that wouldn't stop us from having a 0.9.7 milestone in about 5 weeks. Targeted bugs is useful for getting some idea about what a developer is working on or wants to be working on but it's not our sole release criteria.

It seems a little odd that people here keep saying what we can, can't, must do to ship a release. Netscape's shipped two very good releases without meeting all of the criteria set out by folks here at mozillazine. The netscape release <http://www.cnet.com/softw…1.txt.3227883-8-7614087-7> <http://download.cnet.com/…000-103-1.lst-7-1.7707040> has been given great reviews by the press and users. If we were focused on shipping a browser suite we could have already done that but mozilla is more than that. The most important tasks remaining for 1.0 will definitely help the browser suite but are primarily to make mozilla code more useful for application developers interested in making mozilla-based apps or embedding mozilla in other products.