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Full Article Attached Minutes of the mozilla.org Staff Meeting of Monday 8th September 2003

Friday September 12th, 2003

The minutes of the mozilla.org staff meeting of Monday 8th September 2003 are now online. Issues discussed include Mozilla 1.5 final, Mozilla 1.4.1, server migrations and other decisions.


#6 Re: Re: Re: beta usage

by Anthracks

Friday September 12th, 2003 10:16 AM

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Good points. Also, to be fair, I think that the "beta usage was low" comment refers to its usage compared to other *betas*, not compared to 1.4. Of course less people are going to use beta software, but less than normal are using 1.5b as opposed to, say, 1.4b when it came out. Mozilla.org shot itself in the foot a bit if they wanted to get people to continue downloading SeaMonkey builds. By saying Firebird/Thunderbird would displace SeaMonkey months ago and also declaring 1.4 the last stable branch, I'd wager they convinced the risk takers who would normally download 1.5b to jump ship to Firebird/Tbird, and the rest to stick with 1.4.

From where I stand, Firebird and Thunderbird both look awfully mature. I think if they just wrote an installer (I know some people hate installers, but Firebird is the END USER version of the Mozilla tech, and your average user likes installers) so that Java and a few other plugins work without registry hacking and zip file wrangling, they'd be 90% of the way to 1.0. Heck, the recent nightlies of this "beta" software blow the pants off IE and OE! Once the shared GRE stuff gets worked in, they'll compete in memory usage too. I think it's time to knuckle down and get a 1.0 version of these out the door so people who (unnecessarily at this point) fear the 0.7/0.2 version numbers feel reassured enough to adopt what is now a great product.