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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Monday February 24th, 2003 12:27 PM
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Apparently quite a dispute has started based on my comment about the puke orange/fuzzy text splash. Of course the splash needs to be replaced because of legal issues, Moz.org doesn't want to spend time on finding an 'artistic' splash, etc, etc, etc. I already knew that (I read the related bugs before commenting). I was just saying that the ugly color and fuzz of the slated replacement are annoying. The latest attachment ( <http://bugzilla.mozilla.o…id=115302&action=view> ) is even worse- the over-antialiased L's in "Mozilla" look like something you would get out of one of those diffraction slits in college wave physics class.
<rant>And no, this isn't going to motivate anybody to make a new mozilla distribution. Nobody else wants to spend the time to keep such a distribution up-to-date with the latest and greatest, nobody wants to volunteer to spend their days building the latest release on Windows and half a dozen unices, replacing one single image in each build, packaging the builds, uploading them to their server, and then getting their server wiped out because they don't have a worldwide system of mirrors like mozilla.org does. The whole "mozilla.org does not provide a distribution" thing is plainly a bunch of bunk. The whole "distribution" thing never happened and I seriously doubt it ever will.
"Mozilla is a platform for development and a template for browser distributions, not a browser application." Who uses Mozilla as a development platform? Beonex. Who uses Mozilla as a template for a browser distribution? Beonex and Netscape. How many people do you know who use Beonex? Isn't the trend of more and more people ignoring Netscape entirely and (as encouraged by rave reviews by all sorts of tech news sites as well as word-of-mouth) going straight to the source- moz.org - extremely obvious? If Mozilla.org doesn't distribute a Mozilla browser, WHO THE HECK WILL???</rant>