Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite Upgrades Released
Wednesday August 4th, 2004
mozilla.org today released minor upgrades to three of its major products. Firefox 0.9.3, Thunderbird 0.7.3 and Mozilla 1.7.2 are all now available. These three new releases were created to correct 4 possible security vulnerabilities in past versions of each product. The Buildbar has links for all three releases.
Thursday August 19th, 2004 8:35 PM
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Right, I'm sure you have Mozilla's source code down cold. I'm sure you personally vet the entire thing whenever you upgrade. All you're doing is trusting the highly competent mozilla engineers' opinion that it is, rather than the highly competent IE engineers' opinion that theirs is. That's not a good argument for open source. Much better is that the lack of deadlines and constant betas leaves a much longer window for testing and perfection. (See microsoft's recent trend toward long-term beta-testing every major product release and the resultant better products because of it. They aren't stupid about adopting new methodologies, just slow.) Given recent security oversights in production mozilla code, even the indirect ones, I'm a bit less inclined to fully trust it, but I still believe that they are creating an overall more secure product, since it isn't an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink piece of code and because of the quality so far.