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.

#3 Re: Innovation has been slower than molasses (road

by bzbarsky

Tuesday May 11th, 2004 6:05 PM

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> My concern is the pace of the development of the suite. > Who or what is to blame for the slowness?

How about the fact that the suite is on a maintenance footing? That is to say, it is in feature freeze, for all intents and purposes. The only way new features are ending up in the suite right now is if they're actually features of Gecko, not features of the browser UI. And most Gecko work has been on basic arch, not features (CSS quotes, NTLM, etc being some notable exceptions).

> The Mozilla suite should be considered our "business user product" and testing platform.

The business users are the ones who are all for no new features; they just want security and crash fixes and preferably no changes in the UI, or so the story goes.

> Firefox should be what it is: the awesome looking flagship app that appeals to everyone across the > board, bar none.

You mean "bar business users." ;) Cheerleading is nice, self-contradiction is silly.

> Then, every six months, Firefox can profit from the bumper crop of new features that we will hopefully > have developed and tested on the suite.

Most of the things you have listed as desired features for the suite would need to be done totally separately for Firefox, so I'm not sure how that would work.