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Friday April 12th, 2002

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#15 Re: I dont see the point of the Beonex release

by stu42j

Tuesday April 16th, 2002 10:57 PM

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After some other discussions on this site about how there is a need for user-oriented builds of Mozilla without all the fluff of Netscape, I finally decided to start a project with this goal (<http://sourceforge.net/projects/mozu/> but don't expect to find much there yet).

However, I'm still undecided whether or not there is even a need for this. Here are the main questions:

1) What's wrong with the builds from Mozilla.org?

The Mozilla Organization has consistantly refused to provide user-oriented builds optimized without debuging/development info. However, I'm not sure how much difference this actually makes in the current builds.

2) What's wrong with Beonex?

Beonex seems to be focused on adding new features and providing commercial support. Also, the releases seem to be rather slow. I want builds based on the latest and greatest that mozilla.org has to offer (at least as often as milestones) and I don't care about commercial support (and I think there are a lot of other people that want that too).

3) What about builds from your linux distributer?

In my experience distro builds tend to be designed mostly to meet dependancies of other apps like nautilus and galeon. Trying to update your distro build can be a dependancy nightmare.

Also, after building Moz from source for the first time a few days ago and finding it to be less difficult than I expected, I'm thinking that compiling their own user builds from source may be a good option for a lot of people and there should be a place to help them do that.

So, what do you think? Is there a need for something in between mozilla.org and Beonex?