Mozilla 1.0.1 and 1.1 Release Candidates
Thursday August 15th, 2002
Asa Dotzler writes: "Test builds for everyone!
"If you're using 1.0 and you'd like to test our release candidates for 1.0.1 you can get them at ftp.mozilla.org. If you're riding the trunk builds and you'd like a sneak peak at 1.1 you can get candidate builds at ftp.mozilla.org. More on our release plans available in this news posting."
#11 Moving targets, young Jedi
Thursday August 15th, 2002 7:44 PM
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Rule of thumb:
"_._.X" versions are for minor fixes, security issues, and non-invasive cleanup so that existing products get better. This is important.
"_.X" versions are for major changes, new features, and partial rewrites with little or no regard for past behavior and compatability so that NEW products can be cooler than existing products.
The 1.0.x branch exists so that companies can build commercial apps (or even free apps) on a fixed target. The Mozilla wranglers have promised that 1.0.x is as frozen as possible in terms of major features and APIs. This was done so that only bugfixes and non-invasive tweaks are included in 1.0.1, meaning an app based on 1.0 can easily incorporate the 1.0.1 (and 1.0.2, etc.) fixes without breaking badly.
The trunk was reopened for major fixes, features, improvements, API changes, etc. and from these MAJOR changes we now have a Mozilla 1.1 branch. This new branch will now freeze its features and APIs so that products can be based on it. These products will easily incorporate fixes in the inevitable 1.1.1 release of Mozilla without too much effort.
Now the trunk is open for Mozilla 1.2 development, and APIs and major features can be changed without regard for Mozilla 1.0.x compatability. Note that some major fixes (especially security) have been included in 1.0.1 which were developed on the trunk for 1.1.0 and deemed important enough to fix on the 1.0 branch, too.