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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.


#81 Re: Slow Windows

by fuzzygorilla

Saturday January 19th, 2002 11:06 AM

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Saying things like "people will not stand for it" is silly. People will stand in lines for hours to buy tickets for the premiere of a movie. People have already "stood for" even slower new window speeds in Netscape 6.0, 6.01, 6.1, and 6.2. The time required to open a new window has been going down. And it will continue to get better. Yes, it is true, the speed of new window and other operations is serious. And the Mozilla and Netscape teams are treating it seriously. The speed is being monitored on a daily basis and when changes to the source code cause the speed to decrease, the changes are carefully evaluated. and have been backed out in some cases. The reason why it is still there is simple. It is not an easy problem. The developers profile the code and determine where the problems or bootlenecks are and then try to see how to remove the bootleneck or improve the efficiency of the algorithms.