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Tree Branches for Mozilla 1.4

Friday May 23rd, 2003

A branch has been created for the forthcoming Mozilla 1.4 release. Checkins to this branch require approval from drivers@mozilla.org. Meanwhile, the trunk has been reopened for 1.5 Alpha development. See tinderbox for the latest tree status.


#8 Too many assumptions

by bandido

Saturday May 24th, 2003 8:03 AM

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First, Moz 1.4 is not going to be dropped, that is becoming the latest stable branch from where major distibuitors (Netscape, etc.) will release their production quality products. The stable 1.4 branch will become their basis for their .0x or even .x bug fixes later on. All the bugzilla bugs in the CURRENT 1.4 record stay in place because they still apply to the stable branch.

Second, as the tree opens for 1.5 alpha development, bug fixes from most Moz developers will probably deal with GRE (gecko/necko runtime environment .. see application architecture diagram <http://www.mozilla.org/roadmap.html> ) and other backend code that is relevant to Firebird. GRE is NOT the Mozilla Application Suite 1.4, but a component used by it and by others, including Firebird. If I am reading the useragent for Firebird nightlies correctly, they build their product based on the development Mozilla trunk GRE etc.

Third, Mozilla hardware resources are not unlimited, so Tinderbox <http://tinderbox.mozilla.…builds.cgi?tree=SeaMonkey> must be adjusted to that reality and reflect Mozilla 1.5 building and development process.

Fourth, bug management might be messy at first especially if people get confused on where to report bugs and enhacements that apply to either 1.4 stable branch or 1.5 (Firebird) development trunk. Up until now there was one Mozilla, now we have two Mozillas, 1.4x and earlier (the Suite) and Mozilla 1.5 and higher (Firebird/Thunderbird).

Fifth, since Firebird (Phoenix) started as a proof of concept that proved that Mozilla as a standalone application and with a modified/simplified menu structure and modified XUL toolkit could be made significantly faster than the Moz App. Suite, Firebird can still continue its semi independent development from Moz 1.5 (Moz Browser / Moz Mail) by a limited number of developers.