Mozilla 1.0 RC1 Released
Thursday April 18th, 2002
mozilla.org today released the first 1.0 Candidate, in preparation for a final 1.0 build. They'll be using RC1 to evaluate where the 1.0 branch stands as far as crash bugs, and other things that firstname.lastname@example.org are tracking. RC1's changes since 0.9.9 include the abilty to view the source of a cgi (the most duped bug), reorganized context and main menus, LDAP over SSL, return recipts, new animated mail alerts on Windows, Download Manager, final xul syntax changes, and numerious other bug fixes.
You can download RC1 from mozilla.org's Releases Page or read the Release Notes. We highly encourage you to download the talkback enabled builds, so crashes can be found and logged prior to 1.0. (These pages haven't reached mozilla.org yet, you can grab builds from the FTP site.)
Once people start using RC1 and email@example.com get a handle on how the reception of it goes, they will be deciding whether or not to release another candidate or 1.0 itself. We'll keep you updated on this process, and let you know what is decided.
#160 About Composer
by PaulB <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monday April 22nd, 2002 8:01 PM
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Some call composer a "butt of jokes" and that it "ramks only above FrontPage" because it didn't pretend to be a development tool for professionals. Others cpomplin about composer delaying the "browser only" progress and making the project over two years late.
Well I like to view the situation very differently. I view composer as a very vital part of the Mozilla project. Without composer Mozilla would be much less the project it is today. Here is why I feel this way:
1. Many users want an alternative for Microsoft's email offerings which seem to disregard security Some are staying with NS 4.7 simply becuase of its mail program. Without composer could Mozilla deliever a quality Mail program?
2. Web Development. There is (at the moment) no alternative to Frontpage for Web development. Sure there are professional programs, such as Dreamweaver but this program, as good as it is, is much too costly and complicated to meet the needs of the low end market. Besides, Frontpage is very closely tied to Internet Explorer and Windows only. Frontpage is only fully compatable with IE. We need a cross platform alternative to FrontPage, and an alternative which respects the W3C standards and produces pages that any W3C standard's browser can view. At the low end FrontPage is used by many commercial sites. I don't like the fact that Microsoft, through its development of FrontPage, can control the standards used on the Web. I want an alternative which doesn't favour any one browser as long as it follows W3C standards. (Two years ago the Internet seemed headed to a future were the user reuired Windows and IE. Today, thanks to Mozilla and the continued development of Composer the prospect of an open Internet where theend user is free to select his/her own OS/platform and browser seems much brighter.)
I for one, cannot concieve of Mozilla without Composer. Composer is essential to the Mozilla project. It is essential to keeping the Internet aopen and free from proprietary issues. COMPOSER must not be abandoned! IT MUST NOT!