Mozilla 1.0.2 Released
Wednesday January 8th, 2003
mozilla.org has released Mozilla 1.0.2, a stability and security follow-up to 1.0 and 1.0.1. The latest release from the stable 1.0 branch, Mozilla 1.0.2 is not a features release and is recommended only for consumers who have a good reason not to upgrade to the more recent Mozilla 1.2.1 or Mozilla 1.3 Alpha.
#18 Re: Does MZ ignore inconvenient news?
Thursday January 9th, 2003 1:30 AM
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"Is anyone else surprised that MZ didn't mention the that Apple's new browser is using an open source rendering engine? This has to be the biggest news item for open source web browsing community in quite a while, and it certainly deserves some mention."
MozillaZine covers news relating the projects coordinated by mozilla.org and, to a lesser extent, derivative products based on these projects. It's not a general open source news site. Therefore, while the launch of Safari is an important and interesting development, it's not really within MZ's remit.
"I realize it's not good news for gecko, but it is relevant, and it's good news for the open source community at large, but it makes MZ look like an AOL corporate organ to just pretend it didn't happen."
MZ isn't pretending it didn't happen. You can quote me on this: "Safari happened." :-) We're not denying it's existence. If we were, this thread would have been deleted by now. We're not an AOL corporate organ either. As you mention from the CNET article, "Netscape declined to comment on Apple's choice of KDE." Therefore we can only guess what AOL's reaction is. No-one from AOL has contacted MZ and told us not to cover the story. The decision not to run it was entirely MozillaZine's.
"Here's what Cnet had to say about it: 'While Safari amounts to another chip on Apple's shoulder, it represents a significant setback for Mozilla, the open-source browser development group funded by AOL Time Warner's Netscape unit that supplies the technology behind the Netscape browser, among others... Netscape declined to comment on Apple's choice of KDE.'"
News site love to depict the marketplace as a battlezone. It makes stories more exciting. Therefore, in the reporter's mind, if someone (the KHTML developers) wins, someone else (mozilla.org) has to lose. Anyway, it's not like Apple switched from Gecko to KHTML; they just didn't chose Gecko in the first place. Mozilla hasn't really lost anything, it's just not gained something. More of a lack of a significant boost than a "significant setback". It's probably worse for news for Microsoft: I assume that Safari will at one point displace IE as the default Mac browser.
I hope this explains the situation. Feel free to ask me if you've got any further questions.