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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.


#95 MZ readers are actually right about bug counts

by leafdigital

Thursday November 22nd, 2001 3:28 AM

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I just did a graph for new/confirmed/assigned bugs vs. fixed bugs, and the fixed bug curve appears to be growing more rapidly than the assigned bugs curve. So what's the problem? (I may have done the wrong kind of graph here, first time I used that tool, in fact I was assuming that the bugs would be going up much faster than they are being fixed/resolved, so...)

More to the point, the browser's pretty much reliable (unless you happen to download a bad nightly, of course), so what's the problem?

I mean seriously... the fact is that the more people use Mozilla, the more bugs will be reported (whether those are actual bugs or feature requests). The increasing bug count just indicates that more people are testing the browser. So, to reiterate: what's the problem?

Bottom line: the browser is a much, MUCH better product now than it was a year ago, even though I'm sure the bug count has dramatically increased (doubled?) during that time. And yes, I do use it all the time. Conclusion: a higher bug count does not mean a worse or less stable browser.

I agree that a more balanced news source would be useful, but on this issue there's no doubt: during the last year, when the Bugzilla bug count has increased dramatically, Mozilla has finally become a stable, quality browser. Last year, when the bug count was much lower, Mozilla was a less-stable browser that was missing many essential features. Using the bug count to indicate anything about quality of a browser is ridiculous, just as it was ridiculous to imply that because Win95 shipped with 1,000 known bugs (or whatever it was) it was an awful, buggy operating system. Mind, it *was* pretty buggy :) but every product ships with bugs, and the number of them depends more on the quality of testing than the quality of the software.

The fact that it was probably many of the same people who are now saying on mozillazine that bug count doesn't matter, who were previously crowing about the high bug counts in released MS products, is irrelevant; they're right this time, they were wrong before. They may be right for the wrong reasons (unbridled Mozilla support with no recognition of its disadvantages) but they are still right.

--sam