Full Article Attached 1.0 Branch Created for Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird

Friday May 21st, 2004

A new branch has been created for Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. The new branch, forked from the existing 1.7 branch, will be used for all future milestone releases of Firefox and Thunderbird until the 1.0 versions. Read the full article for more details from Benjamin Smedberg.

#13 roadmap

by jilles

Saturday May 22nd, 2004 5:17 AM

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The problem is not with the dates but with the definition of the milestones in terms of features. Beyond a milestone it is totally unclear what will be implemented, how long that will take, what the risks are, etc. That's not necessarily bad. Historically, the roadmap has always been a bit optimistic with respect to release dates. All of the important milestones were late by several weeks or even months because it took that long to get from feature complete to really stable. What mozilla currently lacks is a technical roadmap. There are lots of ideas of what could be done but few of these ideas actually materialize.

A structural problem with the roadmap is that releasing often is in contradiction with getting work done and keeping things stable. Usually the alpha (i.e. the only opportunity to get the really big stuff in follows the release by just a few days/weeks or even preceeds the release). The extra alpha milestone that has been added is therefore a good idea IMHO. It's not like people actually build something on the in between milestones like e.g. mozilla 1.5 or 1.6 so in a way all the effort that went in stabilizing these releases was wasted. They all wait for the extra stable stuff like 1.4 or the upcoming 1.7. These are yearly releases and are subtantial improvements over the previous stable releases.