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Full Article Attached What is a Mozilla Alpha?

Thursday November 25th, 1999

The folks at Mozilla.org have written up what they think the criteria for Mozilla becoming 'Alpha' is. Click the full article link below to find out what they think, and post talkback so people know what you think.


#1 Alpha criteria

by wheezy

Thursday November 25th, 1999 11:04 AM

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A couple comments on alpha criteria... I think, for the most part, that the decisions of which bugs to focus on are being made appropriately. But I think the quality standard (MTBF) should be much higher, even at the alpha stage. If my browser were to crash every hour with the sort of work I do, I would be highly inclined to find a new browser. But at present, Mozilla crashes for me very frequently... a problem which transcends dogfood.

Make no mistake, Mozilla has made a wonderful showing as far as standards (and other initial promises) are concerned, but if it crashes even half as much as Nav4 does, I think it will be a Huge Letdown for all involved. Of course, two words come to mind: "browser war", but I'm sure we've heard plenty of that already.

Suffice it to say that regardless of features, high rigor must be enforced even for the alpha.