Mozilla 1.4.2 Released

Monday May 10th, 2004

Thanks to herman for informing us that Mozilla 1.4.2 came out a little over a week ago. This latest release from the 1.4 branch features only bug fixes (no new features) and will be mainly of interest to developers building products from the stable branch. Most end-users will want Mozilla 1.6 or the upcoming Mozilla 1.7.

More information about Mozilla 1.4.2 can be found in the Mozilla 1.4.2 Release Notes, with builds available from the mozilla1.4.2 directory on This likely to be the last release from the 1.4 branch; 1.7 is expected to become the new stable baseline after the release of Mozilla 1.7 final in a few weeks.

#21 Re: Release Cycles - one for all?

by Malc

Monday May 17th, 2004 6:49 AM

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Debian's release cycle is good. Just as Windows' is good. Who wants to be constantly upgrading packages? I don't, and this is something that really irritates me with a lot of open source products. In a business environment it is even more critical as a few minutes here and there soon add up. I want a good stable product that doesn't need any attention for several years. Sure, I will apply security patches as needed, but in the case of Debian, the number is reduced due to their release cycle and the extra testing that naturally occurs in that time. Obviously Windows is a different story on that, and Windows XP SP2 is a step back to the bad days of NT4 when MSFT changed functionality in a SP... it makes it a new product and should be treated as such. This is why Debian, Windows, etc work. I use Mozilla 1.4 as my mail and news client, and am happy to do so until Thunderbird reaches a long term stable branch. I used Netscape 4.x right up until shortly after Mozilla 1.4 was released as data reliability is important to me.