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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.


#68 Re: The Mozilla PR campaign...

by Anon

Saturday November 27th, 1999 3:37 AM

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"The Mozilla PR campaign starts soon" - interesting that, because it raises the question as to how the Mozilla folks are going to promote Mozilla as it edges towards Beta (which is when, let's face it, we want Joe Public to start taking an active interest in downloading Mozilla).

One thing I'd hope for is that Netscape themselves get involved in promoting Mozilla on their Web site (have the beta releases available for download on <ftp://ftp.netscape.com> as well as <ftp://ftp.mozilla.org>) and have some Web pages on netscape.com promoting Mozilla - call it a "technology preview of what's coming up in Netscape 5.0" or something, if they want to keep the focus on the Netscape browser brand.

I'm sure that 99% of Netscape users haven't even heard of/seen Mozilla and will have never visited mozilla.org - if Netscape doesn't promote the Mozilla beta (and final) releases, then a lot of effort by the Mozilla folks could have been wasted on the majority of Netscape users, who won't switch until they see at least a Netscape 5.0 beta they can download.

Talking of which, is development on Netscape 5.0 going on in parallel with Mozilla ? Can we expect a Netscape 5.0 beta shortly after the Mozilla beta release ? If it doesn't follow on quickly, I can see users (and the media) ignoring Mozilla betas/finals and claiming that Netscape is dead (like they've been doing for the last year !)...