M7 and Animation Contest News
Sunday June 20th, 1999
We have a bit of news regarding Milestone 7 and the Animation Contest, and since they're related, I decided to post them together in the same news item.
First, Milestone 7 is just around the corner. Tekhir writes, "The tree for M7 has been closed and the first nightly build for M8 has appeared on the Mozilla server."
Due to some problems that apprunner was having with the previous default home page, they decided to make mozillaZine.org the default page for Milestone 7. You may have noticed this if you picked up a nightly build over the past few days. You may have also noticed that I have halved the # of articles that display on the front page. This is to help alleviate any bandwidth issues that might occur when Milestone 7 is released.
How does this affect the Animation Contest? Well, the contest's vote page will contain 16 animated GIFs. If the vote comes during M7's release, it could cause serious bandwidth problems. So, to calm the flow a little bit I've decided to hold off the vote until a day or two after Milestone 7's release. This should occur in the next few days, so we're hoping to get the vote started by the end of the week.
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Wednesday June 23rd, 1999 7:02 AM
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"I'm not sure how much some of these places charge for one-offs.. "
My experience with screen printers is, unless you go 100+ with a 4-colour print like that (either red-green-yellow-black on a light/white shirt, or red-gren-yellow with a white backer behind to make the colours pop on a dark/black shirt) your looking a $10-15+ per shirt. If you go with just one, you might even be up in the $50-$60 range. You could bring it to one of those places that prints from a photo, but it would have to be on a white shirt, and the quality is kinda crappy.
As per the "communist/nazi" feel. The Nazi very carefully crafted their image to resemble a socialist government (they were voted in as a Socialist party actually). And communism "in theory" doesn't have to exclude democracy; many European countries have a blend of socialist/democratic systems. (heck Canada is practically a sociallist country too). The hard core Communist countries (Frmr. USSR, China, Cuba, etc.) are following the Marxist/Lenninist ideal that there must be a violent overthrow, and a "temporary" totalitarian state, before the people "realize" that communism is just plain better (I personally never trust government systems that needed to wait for the consituents to realize that its better).
As for if it fits Mozilla. Darn right it does. It is very revolutionary to be building a commercially viable app (especially one that ranks up with word-proccessors on the "must-have" scale) in an open-source method. Bringing what was once exclusionary, and private to the masses, (so to speak). Like any revolution, it does have its bumps (JWZ's resignation, sparked by the lack of an official release after a year, for one) but this one seems to be working quite nicely.
(P.S. I am Canadian, so don't flame me about the Socialist crack-- and yes, I know Kline and Harris are doing their darndest to turn things around anyways)