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Tree Branches for Mozilla 1.3

Saturday February 22nd, 2003

Yesterday, the tree was branched in preparation for the final release of Mozilla 1.3. Checkins to the 1.3 branch are being tightly controlled by drivers@mozilla.org. Meanwhile, the trunk has been reopened for 1.4 Alpha development. See the Roadmap for more details and tinderbox for the current status of the 1.3 branch and the trunk. A list of bugs blocking the 1.3 release is also available.


#27 Re: Slightly tangental to the article

by rgpublic

Sunday February 23rd, 2003 1:29 AM

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No matter whether the splash screen is eventually removed. IMO this is a sad example where Mozilla completely lacks any OpenSource spirit. Mozilla.org is clinging to the artificial theory that Mozilla is not for end-users. Can OpenSource browsers not be used by end-users directly? I guess the overwhelming majority of coorporate employees working on Mozilla try to prevent this. Otherwise people might ask: Why install Netscape with all that unnecessary stuff packaged with it and stripped of some functions when I can have Mozilla? So, they try to make it as ugly as possible. Give it an ugly default theme, no splash screen, and so on. Just to make it different from Netscape. Mozilla is still, however, the only browser other than IE which can display an acceptable amount of pages for me. For a long time I've been quite patient with Mozilla but no matter whether its code is GPL'd it lacks a more diverse open source community behind it and you cannot easily change that because such a community must grow and learn the details of the source code from ground up. I know there is a lot of frustration among many former fans of the project. Just go figure yourself and read some of the most requested bugs. They just remain open _for years_ sometimes with an easy solution at hand an nothing happens (Why i.e. is PGP/Gesture-support still not available by default even when lots of users requested this?) Hope Konqueror / Safari make enough progress so they can display some more pages. In speed / configurability / user-friendliness, Konqueror is far ahead already because the KDE team still listens to the community.

seems to be made from the people for the people.