Trunk Freezes for 1.4 Alpha Tonight

Tuesday March 25th, 2003

To prepare for the impending 1.4 Alpha release, the main Mozilla development tree will freeze at 11:59pm tonight (Pacific Standard Time). While the trunk is frozen, only checkins that have been approved by will be allowed to land. The tree will be reopened when Mozilla 1.4 Alpha is released (the current ideal release date is this Friday). See tinderbox and the Mozilla Development Roadmap for more information.

#14 What about Red Hat Linux...

by rkl

Tuesday March 25th, 2003 5:08 PM

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How about Red Hat ? :-) Red Hat Linux 8.0 came out on 10th September 2002 and on 31st March 2003, just over 6 months later, we will be seeing RH 9 being released (and they had something like 3 full multi-CD beta releases inbetween those as well). This is a massively fast churn speed for a major version jump of an entire operating system (I suspect even the quickest Mozilla cycles haven't been as fast as that).

What's a little more upsetting with Red Hat, and not really a problem with Mozilla, is that no fixes will be released for any pre-9 version after the end of this year, which effectively leaves them open to security vulnerabilites and forces the user to either re-compile affected packages from source+patches (not always easy) or be forced to upgrade to 9 (which is fine for desktops, but a nightmare for live production servers)..

At least with Mozilla, you just download a new nightly or wait for the next milestone release (and report any bugs you find inbetween to Bugzilla of course :-) ).