Mozilla Milestone 0.9.5 Browser-Suite Released
Mike Angelo -- 12 October 2001 (c)
The Mozilla Organization released a very buggy Milestone Mozilla 0.9.5 edition of its Mozilla browser-suite today, on schedule. The Mozilla Milestone 0.9.5 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 0.9.5 build.
Mozilla 0.9.5 is the buggiest Mozilla Milestone ever. For information about that, please see our article, Turbo Mode & Bugs Slow Mozilla Development to Snail's Pace subtitled Milestone 0.9.4 Delayed and Turbo/Quick-Launch Examined -- Is Mozilla Really Open Source?.
The Windows-only Quick Launch feature (-turbo) was enabled by default in Mozilla 0.9.4 for installer builds. There is no mention of that in the Mozilla 0.9.5 Release Notes. Turbo was turned off by default in the pre-release Mozilla 0.9.5 build we tried. In that build, Turbo can be turned on in Advanced Preferences -- more about Turbo further down in this article.
Mostly, the changes in this pre-1.0 edition of the Mozilla browser-suite are behind-the-scenes improvements in performance and stability. A more noticeable new feature is the the Tabbed Browsing feature. It lets you open several different Web pages in the same browser window and then select a tab to display a selected Web Page. Please see Figure 1.
There are also lots of bug fixes in Mozilla 0.9.5. However, there still are many unfixed bugs in Mozilla too.
The comparable bug count was 3,103 bugs in Mozilla 0.9.4.
Incidentally, there are some 4,991 bugs targeted to Future Mozilla releases at this time -- up from 4,694 when Mozilla 0.9.4 was released. 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 and Mozilla Roadmap - Mozilla 1.0 Set Back to 2002 - Mozilla 0.9.4 Set for 7 September.
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 0.9.5 Release Notes list as new in 0.9.5:
In July and August, the Mozilla Organization made some changes to its development roadmap and development plan which, in-effect, push a projected Mozilla 1.0 release back to January 2002 at the earliest. That tree diagram anticipates at least two more 0.9.x Milestone releases before there is a Mozilla 1.0 release.
For more information about the Roadmap revisions, please see Mozilla Roadmap - Mozilla 1.0 Set Back to 2002 - Mozilla 0.9.4 Set for 7 September.
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 6.1.
MozillaQuest Magazine is giving the Mozilla 0.9.5 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 0.9.5 builds now, we recommend that you install Mozilla 0.9.5 in it own directory, that you do not get rid of your current browser(s), that you do not enable turbo mode, and that you do not set Mozilla 0.9.5 as your default browser -- yet.
About Turbo Mode
The Netscape people call this turbo-mode feature Quick Launch in Netscape 6.1. It's meant to try to make Netscape 6 (and Mozilla) more competitive with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which seems to start more quickly than does Netscape 6.
The upside to turbo mode is that Mozilla and Netscape 6.1 start faster than they would without turbo mode. One downside to turbo mode is that is adds a few seconds to the amount of time it takes Windows to boot.Another downside is that you waste resources by using the turbo mode until you use, and if you actually decide to use, Mozilla and/or Netscape for that session.
Yet another downside is that Mozilla and Netscape 6.1 are very buggy and do a lousy job of memory management. So if you enable turbo mode, you are loading buggy Mozilla or Netscape code every time you run Windows -- if you run only Windows and have Mozilla/Netscape turbo mode enabled, you are loading buggy code every time you run your computer. With turbo or Quick Launch mode turned on, Mozilla or Netscape load whether or not you ever use them. Of course, if the Mozilla folks ever get the bugs out of the Mozilla/Netscape code, then this downside of loading buggy code would be gone.
For more information about turbo mode and Quick-Launch, please see our article, Turbo Mode & Bugs Slow Mozilla Development to Snail's Pace subtitled Milestone 0.9.4 Delayed and Turbo/Quick-Launch Examined -- Is Mozilla Really Open Source?.
Downloading & Installation Info
Here are the FTP download links for Mozilla 0.9.5 for you readers that cannot wait to try Mozilla 0.9.5
Please see the important note in the sidebar to the right here before installing.