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.
#52 Alpha and Public
Friday November 26th, 1999 3:22 PM
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This is an Alpha build. From my past experience with testing software, Alpha builds aren't released to the public. That means that Netscape won't be putting their brand on the Alpha build. That means that the Alpha builds won't be getting a mass usage. That is the whole point of a project being ALPHA. If my understanding is correct, the Alpha build won't be seen outside of Mozilla/3rd party websites.
Beta builds are meant for the public - they are relatively stable and feature complete. Alpha builds should not be expected to be that stable or feature complete (an hour seems like a good time for an Alpha build). Alpha builds usually just have the basics plus whatever is being worked on.
As for the find out whats worng before you crash thing, that's kinda near impossible - one of the bases for a crash is that it can't be predicted based on a mathematical model without a past history to reference. You can step in between (or even replace) the Windows crash dialog, but you can't exactly predict a crash based on nothing. I would think the best that they could do is keep a log of websites visited (aka history, already in place I assume), and warn the user before visiting a website that crashed it before. Keeping the windows open even after a crash? That kinda defeats the definition of a crash, doesn't it?