Full Article Attached Major Roadmap Update Centers Around Phoenix, Thunderbird; 1.4 Branch to Replace 1.0; Changes Planned for Module Ownership Model

Wednesday April 2nd, 2003

In the most radical change to the Mozilla project since the late 1998 decision to rewrite much of the code, today announced a major new roadmap proposal that will see Phoenix and Thunderbird (also known as Minotaur) becoming the focus of future development. According to the roadmap, 1.4 is likely to be the last milestone of the traditional Mozilla suite and the 1.4 branch will replace the 1.0 branch as the stable development path. is also proposing changes to the module ownership model including a move towards stronger leadership and the removal of mandatory super-review in some cases. Please click the Full Article link to read the full analysis.

#189 thanks Asa

by guanxi

Saturday April 5th, 2003 12:35 PM

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Thanks for framing the answer. I'm not attacking the proposed roadmap, I was asking because it's important to look at costs and I hadn't seen it discussed in any detail. Every great decision still has costs, which should be examined.

Asa wrote, "I suspect there are many different answers to this question depending on how you look at it."

I agree; it requires experience and judgement to frame a range of answers, which requires someone with a much better understanding of Mozilla the I have.

Asa covered the browser front end, obviously the most critical piece. What about the rest?: * The toolkits * Mail / Thuderbird * Composer, etc -- how much does it take to convert them to extensions?

There's obviously a big upside, but I'm just trying to figure out how much it will cost.