Branch Cut for Mozilla Firebird 0.8

Wednesday December 17th, 2003

A branch has been created for the forthcoming release of Mozilla Firebird 0.8. The branch will allow Firebird 0.8 work to continue without the uncertainty caused by the daily changes made to the main Mozilla development trunk (currently frozen for Mozilla 1.6). However, critical trunk fixes will be merged into the new Firebird 0.8 branch.

Nightly builds from the branch will be available soon. They will feature a new mechanism for handling files served with a text/plain MIME type and new front end for XPInstall (the code used for installing things like extensions). Read Ben Goodger's post to the Firebird General forum for more information about the 0.8 branch.

#25 Re: Re: Awesome!

by kaiwai

Saturday December 20th, 2003 5:36 AM

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<i>Mozilla gets faster with every release too. Now that I think of it, almost all open source software gets faster with every release. Why is it only the closed stuff that slows down? OK, admittedly, mozilla came from far back in the performance game, but now it matches up pretty much equally with IE, and it's still getting faster.</i>

Well, you also have to take into account the fact that the original code from Netscape was in such a terrible state of affairs, even though there was alot of spitting and cursing, 2 years later we have a browser which is a lot slimmer and cleaner, oh, and more importantly much more stable than Netscape ever was. Anyone remember the constant hanging of Netscape Communicator, and this wasn't just a Windows issue, heck, try Netscape Communicator 4.79 on Solaris and you'll see what I mean. I was a bad joke and thank goodness they opensource community did something about it.

<i>By the way, I have a linux box that firebird 0.7 takes about 7 seconds to start on. The first mozilla release I used as main browser on there was M18, and it took 22 seconds to start. A long way indeed. Back then it would frustrate me to no end if the browser crashed, not because I lost session, but because I had to take a coffee break while it restarted.</i>

I stopped using Netscape when the crashing became terrible. I stuck with the likes of Lynx and links, yes, CLI browsers, but atleast the blasted thing wouldn't crash. Right now I am using Firebird 0.7.1 on MacOS 10.3.2 and put it this way, "I'm excited!". IMHO, the sooner they kill of the suite, the better. Modularise it and allow individual downloads of each component.

Personally I think Mozilla Chat should be a seperate piece of software and should work to basically being a good clone of Mirc/XChat for all platforms.