Mozilla 1.5 Alpha Released
Tuesday July 22nd, 2003
Lots of folks wrote in to let us know that mozilla.org today released Mozilla 1.5 Alpha. Release Notes and a slew of builds are available. New in 1.5a are a number of Composer enhancements, tab browser clean up, and the usual crash and performance fixes.
Looking ahead, mozilla.org hopes to release a Firebird 0.6.1 in the coming week to pick up some of the latest changes, including some crashes that were present in the 0.6 release. Following that, the current plan is to release a Thunderbird 0.1 prior to 1.5b, and a Firebird 0.7 alongside Mozilla 1.5 final, and continue to move towards replacing the trunk with the new standalone applications. More info on all these plans is available in the recently updated roadmap.
#5 1.4 = long-term stable (supposedly), 1.5 = new
Wednesday July 23rd, 2003 2:10 AM
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Version 1.4 is being maintained as a long-term stable branch, like 1.0 was, so that companies using Mozilla as part of their application can take security and some crash fixes without having to take new features or other changes.
This was mostly for Netscape's benefit so I don't know if it will stay like that. Netscape used 1.0 (the last long-term stable branch) until the latest release, skipping 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3.
Since actually not many changes are being made to Mozilla app suite these days (as it's being phased out), IMO it seems likely that Mozilla 1.5 will actually contain little more than bugfixes in itself - so 1.5 should probably be a good, fairly safe version to use. I would assume that the 1.5 release will be reasonably tested...
I'd go for 1.5 personally, just as a guess from here, but it won't be out for quite a while anyhow. When it does come out you can just see what the response is and find out if there's anything broken...