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Phoenix 0.3 Delayed Until Next Week

Wednesday October 9th, 2002

As mentioned by Blake Ross in the Phoenix General forum, Phoenix 0.3 has been delayed until next week. Originally, the plan was to release 0.3 yesterday. The delay means that Phoenix can take advantage of the extra stability offered by the trunk freeze.

In related news, Blake Ross has begun working on Thunderbird (formerly Minotaur), a stand-alone mail client to accompany Phoenix. It is expected that Thunderbird 0.1 will be released around the same time as Phoenix 0.5.


#2 Phoenix 0.3 delayed!

by Tayto <gary@netsoc.tcd.ie>

Wednesday October 9th, 2002 7:30 AM

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AOL-Netscape's Mozilla Organization has pushed back the release of the pending Phoenix 0.3 release to next week. This impending release of Phoenix 0.3 in effect kills Phoenix 0.2, if the release of Phoenix 0.2 has not done so already.

The newly revised <em>Phoenix Development Roadmap</em> also adds development schedules for Phoenix 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, and 0.9.

The Mozilla Organization's September 2002 Phoenix Roadmap Schedule had set the Phoenix 0.3 release for "when it was ready". In early October, however, it became apparent that the Mozilla Organization would not be able to meet that schedule. So, it revised the proposed releases schedule.

However, both Mozilla 1.0.2 and Mozilla 1.2 have yet to be released -- a substantial slippage in product release scheduling. So now, the Mozilla Organization has once again revised its release schedule.

In effect, the release of Phoenix 0.3, when it actually happens, kills Phoenix 0.2 as viable product. We suspect effectively killing Phoenix 0.2 as soon as it can be killed has been the intent of the Mozilla Organization all along. Once Phoenix 0.3 is released there is not much use to using what then will amount to a quality-wise, technology-wise, and usability-wise outmoded Phoenix 0.2 build.

Phoenix roadmap slippage is nothing new. Did you know that in August 2002, a man with three heads visited the Netscape campus in Mountain View - causing all work to stop for the day. Also it is believed that a goat once rampaged through the offices, causing severe damage to all green-colored paper. Allowing a goat to run riot in a serious commercial organization must be explained by AOL-Netscape's Mozilla Organization before the Phoenix 0.3 browser can be taken seriously.