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 ftp.mozilla.org. 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.
#7 New features
Wednesday May 12th, 2004 1:54 AM
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Well, I think that new and noticeable features are indeed slow to come. While many of the feats are under-the-hood-based, then Mozilla 1.0, 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 all came with something new...
For example, Mozilla 1.0 (the browser component) has tabbed browsing, image and cookie blocking, 1.2 is an improvement of all that, 1.3 began having Bayesian spam blocking and contained a server-specific pop-up blocker, but often crashed on one instance where I used forms (1.3.1), so I had to have 1.4.1.
I am very happy about 1.4.2's release, because it's mainly a security and stability release. Also 1.1 and 1.3.x seem to follow the pattern of developer-related test releases, as Linux [kernel] 2.1, 2.3 and 2.5 releases are. Seeing this deviation with 1.7 as the main stable release still seems very odd.
As for Firefox, then I continue seeing it as something that also gets to fit in older computers, as K-Meleon is still somewhat immature.
I also migrated e-mail from Outlook Express 6 to Mozilla Mail (1.4.1), but if Mozilla Mail keeps crashing after 1.4.2, then I would feel forced to upgrade to 1.5.x until mail handling stays stable.