Tree Closes For 0.9.8
Wednesday January 16th, 2002
Mozilla.org has closed the tree to approved checkins only, starting as of 12am Wednesday, and will do so until 0.9.8 has branched. 0.9.8 will have a variety of new items including new natively drawn widgets on WindowsXP, Mac OS X, and GTK, when you are in the classic skin (We will have more on this later, including screenshots); the addressbook was rewritten, and now supports printing, a new "Get Map" button allowing you to query for a map based on a card address, and other stability fixes; Windows MAPI support; and a huge amount of performance and stability work.
Many believe this is one of the last milestones prior to 1.0, and that Mozilla.org will actually have 1.0 following 0.9.9. 0.9.8 should branch sometime next week, with a release two Mondays from now. We'll keep you updated on both the branching and the release.
#102 Linux proprietary internet
by PaulB <email@example.com>
Monday January 21st, 2002 8:39 PM
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From the article it was unclear if AOL, if it bought Red Hat, wanted to make it a propritary OS for AOL. I hope this doesn't lead to the situation where parts of the Web require Linux to fully function. It is bad enough that some sites require Windows to fully function. I would like to see AOL move away from the propritary MS software, but I hope they do not substitute Linux as another propritary OS. My wish is that the web remain as platform independent as possible. I want to choose my own OS (OS X) not the OS someone else has set as the default OS for the web to fully function.
BTW I wonder if AOL looked at OS X to for an operating System. Its UNIX just like LINUX with a much improved and easy to use interface? I am sure they don't want to purchase new hardware, but is Linux ready for prie time on the the "Home" computer. It may be ready for AOL servers, but if the end users OS is substituted with Lunux to use AOL, unless AOL write and "AQUA" interface to Linux as Apple did for BSD than AOLs ease of use may take a serious hit.
Thias is good news. There are serious questions, namely protecting the internet so that it can be accessed fully with any computer, OS and browser. Up to now I have felt AOL was doing an adequate, though not perfect, job at protecting the internet. Now I don't know if AOL will simply attempt to set up another proprietary OS on the internet. Will AOLs adoption of Linux enable Linux to gravitate to the status of an OS required to fully experience certian sites on the Internet? I am not sure, but I hope not.