Mozilla Milestone 0.9.3 Browser-Suite Released
Mike Angelo -- 3 August 2001 (c)
The Mozilla Organization released a very buggy Milestone Mozilla 0.9.3 edition of its Mozilla browser-suite overnight. The Mozilla Milestone 0.9.3 browser-suite is cross-platform and open source. Builds are available for the BSD, Linux, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, OS/2, Sun, and several UNIX platforms. Source code is available if you want to custom compile your own Mozilla Milestone 0.9.2 build.
The Mozilla Organization Roadmap and development plan calls for Mozilla Milestone 0.9.3 to have been released to the public on 30 July, four days ago. However, it was not released until today. For more information about the Mozilla Roadmap please see Mozilla 0.9.2 Set for 25 June Release -- More Mozilla Roadmap Plan Changes and Chaos.
Mostly, the changes in this pre-1.0 edition of the Mozilla browser-suite are behind-the-scenes improvements in performance and stability. There are also lots of bug fixes in Mozilla 0.9.3. However, there still are many unfixed bugs in Mozilla too.
Incidentally, there are some 4,747 bugs targeted to Future Mozilla releases. Please see the bugs list in the right-hand sidebar on the MozillaQuest Magazine front page (mozillaquest.com) for the updated Mozilla bug counts.
To learn more about how many bugs there are in the Netscape 6.1 and Mozilla Web browser suites, and to learn how the Mozilla and Netscape developers are sweeping bugs under the carpet, please see Mozilla 0.9.3 Branched Behind Schedule & Buggy.
Some new, visible, features previously added for March's Mozilla 0.8.1 edition are a hierarchical history, a routine to un-install themes, and some Gopher support. There also are lots of changes to ChatZilla, the Mozilla-based chat client in that release. For more information about the features added or improved in the Mozilla .0.8.1 browser-suite Milestone, please see Lizard On The Move: Mozilla Milestone 0.8.1 Browser-Suite Released.
There has been lots of rewriting too. For example the image library was rewritten for Mozilla 0.9. The disk cache subsystem was rewritten also. The level-1 cache rewrite was included in Mozilla 0.9, and the level-2 cache rewrite is in Mozilla 0.9.1. For more information about what's new and improved in 0.9 and 0.9.1, please see our articles, The Snail Moves: Mozilla Milestone 0.9 Browser-Suite Released and Netscape 6.1 PR 1 Browser-Suite Released.
Here is what the Milestone 0.9.3 Release Notes list as new in 0.9.3:
In May, the Mozilla Organization changed its development-tree diagram to push a projected Mozilla 1.0 release back to October 2001 or later. That tree diagram anticipates at least four, 0.9.x Milestone releases before there is a Mozilla 1.0 release.
For more information about the Roadmap revisions, please see Mozilla Roadmap Plan Changed Again -- Mozilla 1.0 Set Back to Q4 2001.
The next Netscape 6.1 (NS 6.1) browser-suite Release is expected to be based on Mozilla Milestone 0.9.2. AOL-Time-Warner's Netscape division's Netscape 6 browser-suite is based upon the cross-platform Mozilla browser-suite. The Netscape 6.1 Preview Release 1 (NS 6.1, PR1) browser-suite upgrade for the Linux, Macintosh, and Microsoft Windows platforms is based on Mozilla Milestone 0.9.1.
The milestones are intended to be periodic check points for progress on the project, stability of builds, porting status, and are entry points for additional mozilla (sic) contributors to provide testing and engineering help on the project. (Project Sea Monkey. Link in Resources section below.)
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. Browser-wise, we find current Mozilla Milestone releases good enough for regular use. We also find the latest Mozilla Milestones to be better, browser-wise, than Netscape 6.0.
MozillaQuest Magazine is giving the Mozilla 0.9.3 builds a preliminary try out now. Check back for more information soon. In the meantime, if you want to test drive the brand new Mozilla 0.9.3 builds now, we recommend that you install Mozilla 0.9.3 in it own directory, that you do not get rid of your current browser(s), and that you do not set Mozilla 0.9.3 as your default browser -- yet.
Here are the FTP download links for Mozilla 0.9.3 for you readers that cannot wait to try Mozilla 0.9.3
Please see the important note in the sidebar to the right here before installing.
|Updated Note: The Netscape 6.1 Browser-Suite, which is based upon Mozilla Milestone 0.9.2 was released August 8, 2001. Please see our story, Netscape 6.1 Browser-Suite Released, Again? for the details and download links.|
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