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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.


#248 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: defect curve

by bcwright <bcwright@ix.netcom.com>

Wednesday November 28th, 2001 9:15 AM

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The point I was referring to was Strauss' point about 'feature freeze' and adding new features. New features always pose a risk of regressions and getting bogged down in side tracks, which may not matter as much (and even be necessary) during earlier stages of development, but become a serious schedule risk and liability as you get closer to a final product. That's the whole point of a 'feature freeze.'

I really don't want to get bogged down in a discussion of whether this feature or that feature caused serious regressions -- that's really beside the point. If it didn't, then that's great! But the problem isn't any specific new feature, it's the cumulative risk from all of them. Again, sometimes the risk is necessary, as when you find that feature X (already in the product) is really not very useful without sub-feature Y, and feature X is necessary for final shipment. Then you are practically forced to add sub-feature Y. Or perhaps you have some major customer who has an absolute requirement for feature Z, then you may need to seriously consider adding that feature if you want to keep that customer.

But you need very good justification for adding anything as you get into the late stages of a project, because the risk to your schedule of adding features at that stage is substantial.

--Bruce