Full Article Attached Mozilla 1.7 to Become New Long-Lived Stable Branch

Friday April 2nd, 2004

In a newsgroup posting, Asa Dotzler has announced that the Mozilla 1.7 branch will become the new long-lived stable branch, replacing 1.4. The stable branch is intended to act as a baseline for developers building Mozilla-based products, with critical bugs fixed on the branch as well as the trunk.

Mozilla Firefox 1.0, a new milestone of Mozilla Thunderbird, a new Camino release and several third party Mozilla based products will be based on Mozilla 1.7, so the Foundation is making efforts to ensure that it is high quality. To do this, the branching of 1.7 from the trunk has been delayed by a week to Friday 9th April and the final release of Mozilla 1.7 has been moved out a month to mid-May. Between the branching and the final version, three release candidates of Mozilla 1.7 will be made available, much like there were for Mozilla 1.0 and Mozilla 1.4. These release candidates will ensure that the 1.7 branch gets more testing and QA work.

While most welcome the fact that the aging 1.4 branch is to be replaced by something more modern, some developers have expressed concern that the decision to use 1.7 has been made so late in the release cycle.

#16 Re: Re: Re: Re: netscape

by bzbarsky

Saturday April 3rd, 2004 6:52 AM

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> What is the gaurantee that if 1.8 was the stable branch, APIs would remain stable for another year?

None. ;) It's a matter of what the apis are on the stable branch though.

And there is no reason you can't have an api-stable branch different from the crash-stable branch apart from the resources needed to create two crash-stable branches and the fact that security fixes are typically only ported to api-stable branches. And the fact that drivers have decided that 1.7 will be the api-stable branch, of course.