Mozilla 1.4 Branching Scheduled for Tomorrow
Thursday May 22nd, 2003
In a newsgroup posting, Asa Dotzler has announced that the branch for Mozilla 1.4 will be cut tomorrow, barring any unforeseen problems. There will be at least one 1.4 release candidate.
#21 Formal. Yes. Probably. I think...
Friday May 23rd, 2003 1:59 PM
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It has been stated in the Mozilla Roadmap and in several other venues (too lazy to go cite examples ;-) ) that the 1.4 branch will be the new stable "base your stuff on this!" branch, replacing the 1.0.x branch.
It stands to reason that this branch will have 1 or more formal Release Candidate builds before the final release to ensure higher stability and security than the 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 branches had. Those branches were more "stable milestones" than long-lived release branches as the 1.0 and 1.4 branches will be. I thought this had been said directly (formal RC build) by Asa, but nothing I found explicitly stated this. Maybe I should go read the Devel meeting minutes again or maybe I am crazy tard.
At any rate Netscape will be building the next version of their browser (7.1? 7.5? 8.0? Buffy!) off this branch, just as they did for Netscape 7.0.x with the Mozilla 1.0.x branch. Other companies are also being encouraged to use this branch for stable development work on Mozilla-based products. As such 1.4.x will be around for a while, actively getting security and other major bug fixes applied to it. Formal Release Candidate builds would just be the tip of that process, I guess.