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.
#98 Re: The version number
Monday January 21st, 2002 11:16 AM
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The problem is that there are several things called "Mozilla". There's Mozilla-the-Browser which is coming up on its 1.0 release in a couple months. The "Mozilla" in the UA string used to denote which version of Netscape was in use; now it's just become a kind of generic way of saying "This is an nth generation browser".
So in that case, Mozilla-the-browser may be nearing 1.0, but it really is a fifth-generation browser (IE still identifies itself as fourth-generation, which given its level of standards support may not be a bad idea).
It can be a little confusing, but if you think about it that way, tnds to make more sense. Now, whether they /meant/ it to be that way is another story ;)