Trunk Frozen for Mozilla 1.5 Alpha
Wednesday July 9th, 2003
At midnight Pacific Daylight Time during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, the main Mozilla development trunk froze in preparation for the release of Mozilla 1.5 Alpha. While the tree is frozen, all checkins to the trunk require approval from email@example.com or they will not be allowed to land. The freeze is expected to last for a few days and the trunk will be reopened when Mozilla 1.5 Alpha is released. Note that 1.5a will be a Mozilla Application Suite release as Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird are not yet ready to become the default applications. See the Roadmap for more details about milestone schedules and future development plans.
#8 Re: Re: Re: Version number
Thursday July 10th, 2003 10:02 AM
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the stuff about versioning that exists is in the roadmap - <http://www.mozilla.org/roadmap.html> - and from there the 1.0 manifesto is linked - <http://www.mozilla.org/roadmap/mozilla-1.0.html> , which includes this: "A set of promises to keep compatibility with various APIs, broadly construed (XUL 1.0 is an API), until a 2.0 or higher-numbered major release. All milestone releases and trunk development between 1.0 and 2.0 will preserve frozen interface compatibility. Mozilla 1.0 is a greenlight to hackers, corporations, and book authors to get busy building atop this stable base set of APIs."
In terms of the APIs, the switch of the UI isn't a big thing. A Mozilla 1.6 with Firebird and Thunderbird will probably have more in common with Mozilla 1.4 than, say, Mozilla 1.4 has in common with Mozilla 1.0.
If you want to debate the question, the place to do that is the netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey newsgroup - there's been a couple of threads about this already. Currently, the Mozilla.org folks seem to think things are fine with version numbering aimed at geeks and others that embed the Mozilla code, rather than the wider market. That is, in fact, supposed to be the audience for Mozilla. The idea isn't that the world uses Mozilla binaries, but that other people take the Mozilla code and use it in their own products, which are distributed...