(Note: the distinction, targeted bugs, is important. Almost anyone can submit a bug to the Bugzilla database. Many bugs so submitted are duplicates of other bugs, unconfirmed, or otherwise not bugs that should be fixed or need to be fixed. However, in order for a bug to be targeted, it must be either submitted or reviewed by a Mozilla developer or triager that has the appropriate skills and permissions level in Bugzilla to set the target parameters for bugs. This also applies to bugs listed as new, assigned, and reopened -- those parameters can be set only by a Mozilla developer or triager that has the appropriate skills and permissions level in Bugzilla. When we query bugzilla for bugs targeted to a specific Mozilla release, we also restrict that query to new, assigned, and reopened bugs.)
That's just the bugs targeted to Mozilla 0.9.7. Earlier today there were 2,553 bugs targeted to Mozilla 0.9.1 through Mozilla 1.0. Those all are bugs that the Mozilla developers say should be fixed before Mozilla 1.0 is released.
Add those 2,553 bugs to the 1,350 bugs targeted to Mozilla 1.0.1 for a total of 3,903 bugs for Mozilla 0.9.1 through and including Mozilla 1.0.1. In addition to that, there are more than 6,000 bugs targeted to Future Mozilla releases -- more than 9,900, targeted, Mozilla bugs.
But those 9,900, targeted, Mozilla bugs are not all the bugs in Mozilla. They only are part of the more than 20,000 un-fixed new, assigned, and reopened bugs currently listed in the Mozilla bug-tracking database, Bugzilla.
All this bug stuff can be confusing. The most important point is that Mozilla 0.9.7 includes not merely the bugs targeted to 0.9.7. Rather, Mozilla 0.9.7 includes all 20,000 un-fixed new, assigned, and reopened Mozilla bugs. The Mozilla 0.9.7-targeted bugs is merely a subset of the more than 20,000 un-fixed new, assigned, and reopened Mozilla bugs -- a subset that the Mozilla developers say should be fixed before Mozilla 0.9.7 is released.
Following past practices, the Mozilla developers fixed only some of the bugs targeted to Mozilla 0.9.7. Then they merely swept the rest under the carpet, so to speak, by re-assigning the remaining bugs to other targets in order to try to maintain schedule. Please see our 0.9.4 branching article, Mozilla 0.9.4 Branched -- Behind Schedule & Buggier Than Ever, for more detail and information about the Mozilla bugs.
Mozilla pre-1.0 Milestone and daily development builds normally are available for the BSD, Linux, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, OS/2, Sun, and several UNIX platforms. Source code usually is available if you want to custom compile your own Mozilla builds.
Incidentally, please check the MozillaQuest Magazine front-page (mozillaquest.com) sidebar every now and then for bug count updates and for Mozilla Milestone 0.9.7 progress updates.
Please see our article, Mozilla Roadmap Update: Mozilla 1.0 Set Back to April 2002, for more information about the October 2001 Mozilla Development Roadmap and development schedule revisions. There is lots of bug information in that article too.
|Note: usually the Mozilla Organization includes a simple, non-talkback, Milestone download build for the Microsoft Windows platform such as mozilla-win32-0.9.7.zip plus a talkback build. The Mozilla 0.9.7 release notes also call for such a mozilla-win32-0.9.7.zip build file and a talkback build file, mozilla-win32-talkback.zip.
1. Click the mozilla-win32-talkback.zip link or the mozilla-win32.zip link to download the .zip file to your machine. (Mozilla 0.9.7 Release Notes, the Mozilla Organization, 20 December 2001.)
Unfortunately, the Mozilla Organization has decided not to give you that choice for Mozilla Milestone 0.9.7. It has not included the non-talkback mozilla-win32-0.9.6.zip build -- even though the release notes say it is included.
The Mozilla Organization's rationale is that it needs the talkback info to get rid of bugs in Mozilla, particularly crash bugs. Getting rid of Mozilla bugs certainly is a noble purpose. And Mozilla has lots of bugs that need to be fixed.
However, freedom of choice is an even more noble pursuit. Moreover, choice is much of what Open Source Software is all about. Therefore we think the Mozilla Organization should have included the non-talkback mozilla-win32-0.9.7.zip too. Whether you participate in Mozilla talkback should be your choice, not the Mozilla Organization's choice.
Of course you can turn talkback off when you install Mozilla if you use the installer version 0.9.7 Mozilla Milestone build (mozilla-win32-0.9.7-installer.exe). However, the installer version of Mozilla presents some potential privacy breaches, which we shall address eventually in another article.
In the meantime, we recommend that you disconnect your computer from the Internet when installing mozilla-win32-0.9.7-installer.exe so that you can adjust your security and privacy preferences before taking Mozilla 0.9.7 online for the first time.(Please see our article How To Download, Install, & Configure Netscape 6 -- Safely! for more about that.)
Here are the FTP download links for Mozilla 0.9.7 for you readers that cannot wait to try Mozilla 0.9.7
Please see the important note in the sidebar to the right here before installing.
Mozilla 0.9.x Releases & Download Links
More Mozilla Roadmap Plan Changes and Chaos - Mozilla 0.9.2 Set for 25 June Release (June Roadmap revisions)
Mozilla Roadmap Plan Changed Again -- Mozilla 1.0 Set Back to Q4 2001 (May Roadmap revisions)
More Mozilla Roadmap & Development Plan Changes: Mozilla 1.0 Pushed Back to Q3 2001 (April Roadmap revisions)
Mozilla 1.0 Release Pushed Back -- Milestone 0.8.1 Inserted into Development Roadmap Schedule (March Roadmap revisions)
Mozilla Organization Revises Development Roadmap and Product Release Schedule (December Roadmap revisions)
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