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.

#15 Re: Re: Re: Alternates?

by FrodoB

Friday May 21st, 2004 12:16 PM

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The difference here is that 1.7, like 1.4 and 1.0 (which had the same kind of overlap), requires more rounds of testing, because it's intended for a wider audience. 1.8 development is totally separate (obviously some of the developers overlap, but 1.7 fixes generally don't take too much time because so few are approved), so it moves along while 1.7 is being stabilized. Does that mean that 1.7 final should, in a perfect world, come out before 1.8 alpha? Perhaps. However, the question comes down to: if you are ready for an alpha release of the next version, is it better to wait until the final release just because of minimizing confusion? Perhaps on a schedule that is dictated by certain features being in certain versions (meaning dates are flexible). However, Mozilla's dates are generally inflexible (minus padding time for last-minute stabilization and holidays and such), whereas features can be bumped. Hence, 1.8 alpha 1 comes out before 1.7 final because 1.8 alpha 1 was scheduled to come out at that certain time and 1.7 final wasn't done yet. My company works much the same way (although we don't have 6 week cycles; we have 3 month cycles, so it tends to not overlap).