Mozilla 1.8 Alpha 1 Released

Thursday May 20th, 2004 today released the latest milestone of the Mozilla Suite and platform, 1.8 Alpha 1. This release is the first step towards a new milestone plan, outlined in an an earlier article. New in this release is a basic FTP upload UI, better Linux mouse support, and a number of other features. A more complete change log is also available. Builds are starting to become available on the FTP servers currently.

Update: The Mozilla 1.8 Alpha Release Notes have more information about this new version.

#13 Re: Re: Alternates?

by mesostinky

Friday May 21st, 2004 10:39 AM

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Have Final RC builds and Alpha builds of the next version really been coming out within days of each other with every release?

Looking through Mozillzine archives we see that Mozilla 1.6 Beta was release on Dec 9 2003. It Branched for 1.6 Final on Dec 19. 1.7Alpha was not announced until Feb 23. That's over 2 months after the RC 1.6 builds and over a Full month after 1.6 Final shipped.

Going farther back to 1.5 Final, it was released Oct 15 2003, 1.6 Alpha was released Two weeks later. So looking at the past few releases apparently this isn't how its been done for each milestone. Alpha builds were not announced until the release before it had hit Final. Note we are not talking about the 1.8 nightlies coming out, Mozillazine has announced this like it is a Full on Alpha. That's the kind of PR that's get spread around the web and people start asking what happened to 1.7 Final. Again I just think this is needlessly confusing in this particular case.