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.

#28 Re: Re: roadmap

by naylor83 <>

Sunday April 4th, 2004 5:58 AM

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Yeah, I agree. What happened to the updated roadmap which was just around the corner at Xmas 2003, with Firefox additions? And after that it was around the corner when Firefox was released... and now? We still haven't seen it...

I do understand that has a lot on it's (to few) hands, but I don't understand why they keep 'promising' things like this when they never deliver anything when they have said they will. Are they really this bad at estimating the time things take? They should stop claiming things like 'the roadmap will be out in so and so many weeks/months', and '1.0 will be out then and then'.

Then, otoh, this still isn't the end of the world exactly... Keep working, HARD! I love the Mozilla products!