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.
#188 Re: Strauss' opinion on Mozilla
Saturday November 24th, 2001 12:38 PM
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Sorry to jump in the middle of this flame war, but here's my two cents on Strauss' comment that Mozilla is in dangerous downward spiral of instability due to a sharp increase in the number of bugs reported on Bugzilla (my interpretation of his posts, not his direct words).
First of all: Strauss, in one of your posts, you not only attacked Mozilla, but also Asa's credibility. You interpreted his post as saying "trust me" and your reply was "I don't trust you." I don't know either of you personally; however, I do think it is important to separate the person from the problem. The problem is that you (Strauss) are concerned about the future of Mozilla, because you feel that Mozilla currently has too many unfixed bugs. In the process of making this point, you have attacked the person "Asa".
In my reply I am not going to go into the personal issues related to this topic of conversation. But here is what I think of the bug situation: I use Netscape 6.1 (based on the 0.9.2 Mozilla build) and I find that it is the best browser I have ever used. It is better than Opera. It is better than IE. It is better than any previously released Netscape product. In fact, I am so happy with it, that I have not upgraded to Netscape 6.2. I am currently testing 0.9.6 and I find it to have more quirks than Netscape 6.1. However, this is a milestone build, meant for testing! There will be some quirks. As far as the "usefulness" of Mozilla today: I would say that if Netscape took 0.9.6 today, worked on it for a month, added their propreitary stuff to it and released it as Netscape 6.5, no one would notice. They would praise the tabbed browsing feature and admire the incorporation of print-preview. The remark on its stability. And college students will use it happily. Grannies will send cards through Bluemountain, and people will buy gifts from Amazon with no problems. My point? We have a functional browser here! It works! From the look and feel, from my day to day use of it -I just have to agree with Asa - We have come a long way, baby! Mozilla is in good shape today,and I can say this not with calculated scientific coolness or bland statistics, but with confidence that comes from my gut feeling. In the heart of my heart, I feel this project is on track. I can see the vitality on irc.mozilla.org, I see all of your enthusiasm here.
So, let's get over the doomsday predictions, and let's avoid attacking each other's character. For there are bigger and better things to be done, such as building the world's best browser, ever!