Trunk Freezes for Mozilla 1.7 Beta at Midnight Pacific Standard Time Tonight

Tuesday March 9th, 2004

In a newsgroup message about the Mozilla 1.7 Beta freeze, Asa Dotzler writes: "Yep, we're there again. The Mozilla 1.7 Beta freeze happens this Tuesday night at midnight. Beta is last-chance for changes that impact localizations so get those string changing fixes and features landed ASAP or let know if you're going to have trouble getting them in before Beta.

"For more scheduling information, check out the roadmap and release status pages."

#25 Re: How about this "bug"????

by jgraham

Thursday March 11th, 2004 11:47 AM

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> it is not actually a "bug", but a missing feature/capability

Well spotted. Would you say that it's more or less important than an actual bug; say something that screws up rendering of sites, causes the browser to crash or leads to dataloss? Since your argument appears to be "this bug is old and so should have been fixed", I assume you will be happy for people to stop working on new issues like those described to ensure that all bugs with numbers < 100000 get fixed? You do realise that there are only a limited number of people working on the browser with a finite amount of time to spend on coding?

In this particular case, I would expect that from a random selection of 10 confirmed bugs from the Browser component of bugzilla, I personally would consider ~7 of those bugs more important than the bug you linked to. What you consider important is very much a matter of perspective.

> it has yet to improve upon the capabilities/features of IE

Did you really mean "It lacks one feature in IE that I use"? I'm sure other people wiill quite happily list dozens of features that Mozilla has but IE lacks. Whether you consider those to be more or less important than the features that IE has but Mozilla lacks is really a matter of perpsective.

> The voting system seems an unlikely management tool for things that need to be done

The voting system is no such thing. In fact I consider the voting system irrelevant; I don't recall any bug being fixed specifically because it had votes. I guess drivers might look at votes occasionally, but as far as I know there haven't been many bugs fixed simply because lots of people voted for them. In fact, some bugs that lots of people voted were requests for non-standard behaviour or features that would be detrimental to the browser in some other way.

> I remain concerned about the management of the Moz et al project

Well tell <>, since they're the ones doing the managing. Bear in mind, however that many of the people working on Mozilla (bz, for example) are doing so in their free time and, as such are entitled to work on whatever they please. I suppose that you could raise concerns about the stuff that Mozilla Foundation employees are working on, but if your complaint amounts to "there are bugs I want fixed, and no one's working on them! Waah", I wouldn't expect it to get far.