Mozilla 1.4 Release Candidate 2 Out
Wednesday June 18th, 2003
The second release candidate of Mozilla 1.4 is now available for download. Read the Mozilla 1.4 RC 2 Release Notes for more information and get a build from the mozilla.org Releases page or directly from the mozilla1.4rc2 directory on ftp.mozilla.org.
The Mozilla.org mission is available on their website: "[Mozilla.org] coordinates the open source Mozilla browser project. Mozilla is an open-source web browser, designed for standards-compliance, performance and portability" ... "A group exists that is chartered to act as the virtual meeting place for the Mozilla code. That group is mozilla.org. We will provide a central point of contact and community for those interested in using or improving the source code... We will provide technical and architectural direction for the project. ... We are code integrators. And, through our forums, we will try to help people reach consensus, and thereby provide direction and coordination for future improvements"
So Mozilla.org is most definitely oriented only to developers, because their role is to coordinate development.
Different contributors want different things - mainstream use of the Mozilla code is good, frequent releases to keep things moving are good, standards are good, having good code that performs well and is portable is good. Exactly what the balance of various things are, and what happens long term, depends on what happens in the community (and of course the community includes Netscape, Redhat, and the other commercial folks that use the code and do work on it), so it's not really up to Mozilla set long term goals, it's up to the contributors.
There's not much point in Mozilla.org saying "we're going to do X", because they have no resources to actually do anything much - X will only happen if some contributor makes it happen.
The Java thing is mostly a distribution issue - Netscape, Redhat, and others distributing the Mozilla code will sort out the Java versions in their own distributions. Of course it would be nice to get it sorted out in the Mozilla binaries too, but it doesn't make much of a difference to the contributors, only Mozilla "users", and contributors are the only ones who can do stuff.