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Mozilla Branches for 0.9.8

Wednesday January 23rd, 2002

mozilla.org today branched for Mozilla Milestone 0.9.8, as well as opened the tree for 0.9.9 checkins. Look for branch builds to start sometime later this week, as early as tomorrow. (While a certain site believes that without builds, you can't have a branch, that is not true.) Pre-0.9.9 trunk builds will start tomorrow, or possibly tonight. See our earlier story for what's new in 0.9.8.


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by PaulB <pbergsag@home.com>

Thursday January 31st, 2002 4:09 PM

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My original thoughts were that Mozilla certianly will not be released before it is ready. BTW I haven't used Opera; what is it like? I'm on the Mac and from what I have heard is that Opera is not ready for prime time on the Mac?

It would be nice to see a comparison (not necessarily a full blown review, but this would be nice) of all the modern browsers available on Windows, Mac and Linux. Why? It would be nice to get a rough benchmark as to how Mozilla compares to other browsers. There would at least be three main categories for comparison: 1. Feature comparison (How easy is it to manage bookmarks, manage mail, perform a web search, etc.) 2. Viewing Web pages (does the site render and function as intended? a. Does the browser render pages in a useable form? The browser need not be 100% W3C standards complient, but if the page renders well and the page is very useable without very obvious rendering mistakes (more than simply a couple of pixels out, but text omited or pictures or javascript not working) this is an acceptable tolerance range. b. Does the browser work with third party plugins such as Quicktime, Shockwave, Real, MediaPlayer, Java on all of the platforms for which the browser is written? 3. How does the browser performance feel when compared a. to other programs on the same platform? Do windows render slower, do fonts look better/ worse than other programs, etc. In other words doe the browser appear to be a well wrfitten program for the platform it is written for? b. to other browsers on the same platform (Mac browsers compared to Mac browsers, Linux to Linux.)

I am not seeking hard numbers, but these are nice. The end user's experience is really what counts. when comparing a browser, it would be nice to know if the browser appears inferior to other browsers available on that platform.

Why? I believe it would be nice to know what other browsers' use is like compared to Mozilla? Where does Mozilla shine? Where is Mozilla's tarnish, requiring more polish? I this is known then we will know wat to focus on for future Mozilla versions. Some tarnish might have to wait until post 1.0, but some could be focused on right now. Much of this triage has been done already, just not by focusing on the performace of other browsers to Mozilla in order to highlight areas of tarnish.

Any thoughts?