Friday March 29th, 2002
The mozilla.org Status Reports was updated, and included some information on what firstname.lastname@example.org are up to, and what's coming up:
#9 Re: Is calling it RC1 a big and unnecessary PR ris
Friday March 29th, 2002 7:25 PM
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I might note that the differences between Windows XP RC1 and the final release were fairly significant.
Honestly, no one's going to care if RC1 is a little buggy, it's light years past the Netscape 6 release, which was bashed very badly by just about everybody.
I might also note that based on the bad reviews of Netscape 6 PR1, I had my publisher yank "Netscape 6 For Dummies".
I guess I'm arguing both sides here. It IS important to make sure RC1 is a good, stable, usable program. By definition, a "release candidate" is actually a "candidate for release" and is therefore something that the releasing body supposedly thinks is worth a release. The RC stage of software is really the last chance for surprise monster bugs (like in Starship Troopers).
I do think that if 1.0 goes to RC4 or beyond, that will prove that RC1 was anything but a real "candidate for release."