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.
Somebody asked about the debug window...
Debug windows (on 9x/NT) do slow performance if visible (for some reason it seems to take a lot of cpu or graphics resources to scroll a text window, even on a P3-450). My own software that I'm writing uses a similar debug window and it gets dramatically faster when you minimise the debug window... that's all you have to do. When you minimise it, nearly all the speed penalty vanishes.
The alpha criteria look ok to me. IMO the real "acceptance" priority for alpha should be making sure that all form elements work all the time (which they do not, at least in the most recent build I have). Without this it isn't usable for me as a primary browser.
The second problem I have is that it's hard to get rid of the sidebar; the third is that Ctrl-N doesn't work; the fourth is that you can't drag a link into a new window to open it there. Oh and 5&6 are the ugly menu which doesn't fit with the scheme, and the not-quite-as-ugly spinner thingy, ditto. :)
If these things were fixed, I think I'd switch to it at least as secondary browser (lack of security means I can't use it for many things I often do online, so it wouldn't be primary).
As far as MTBF is concerned, I don't care if it crashes once an hour, but I do care if it crashes every time I try to go to a website I want to go to, so I think the average thing is not as relevant :)