Mozilla Milestone 0.9 Behind Schedule
Mozilla's March to 1.0 Slows to Snail's Pace
Mike Angelo -- 27 April 2001(c)
Mozilla Milestone 0.9 Branches Late
Has the Mozilla Lizard's March to 1.0 slowed to a snail's pace? It sure looks that way right now.
Why a Slowdown
Whether this continual, falling behind schedule is a good or bad thing depends on one's point of view. For example, last week's push-back of the Mozilla 1.0 release date was, in part, to accommodate the addition of many new features, performance improvement work, and lots of rewriting. Please see our story Lizard On The Move: Mozilla Milestone 0.8.1 Browser-Suite Released for more about recently added features.)
Usually, Milestone branching is done on a Friday and then release candidate builds are put though intensive QA (quality assurance) over the weekend. If all goes well, the Milestone is released on the Monday following the branching.
Table 1 shows the March Roadmap revision. However, the Roadmap was revised again last week. For more information about the latest Roadmap revisions, please see Mozilla 1.0 Pushed Back to Q3 2001-- More Mozilla Roadmap & Development Plan Changes.
Traditionally, the milestone freeze time is 12 A.M. on a Wednesday. During the freeze, only bugs deemed "must-fix-for-this-milestone", typically last minute regressions, are fixed on the trunk, as everyone tries to qualify the daily builds as branch-worthy. Release firstname.lastname@example.org create the milestone branch, which receives even more intensive QA over the weekend, leading to a release the following Monday. (Mozilla Development Roadmap. Link below.)
About Mozilla & Milestones
The new Netscape 6 browser suite and the upcoming NeoPlanet browser are based upon the cross-platform Mozilla browser-suite. The GNOME Nautilus desktop uses Mozilla also.
Nevertheless, pre-Mozilla-1.0 development builds now are pretty much features-complete, stable, and usable. Mozilla development work now is focused on bug squashing, improved stability, and better performance.
For more information about Mozilla 0.8.1 plus download links and instructions please see our article, Lizard On The Move: Mozilla Milestone 0.8.1 Browser-Suite Released.
For more information about the free HTML editor included with the Mozilla browser suite, please see, Composer: The Netscape & Mozilla Graphical HTML Editor & Word Processor.
For more information about the Mozilla Organization, the Mozilla applications programming framework, and the Mozilla browser, please see:
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