Mozilla 1.1 Browser-Suite Released
Mike Angelo -- 26 August 2002 (c)
Mozilla 1.1 Kills Mozilla 1.0, Etc.
Today's release of Mozilla 1.1 in effect kills Mozilla 1.0.x, if the release of Mozilla 1.1-beta has not done so already.
In effect, the release of Mozilla 1.1 kills Mozilla 1.0 and its 1.0.x maintenance upgrade progeny as viable product. We suspect effectively killing Mozilla 1.0 as soon as it could be killed has been the intent of the Mozilla Organization all along -- despite Mozilla Organization verbiage that Mozilla 1.0.x is supposed to be a long-lived branch. However, that is another story for another day.
Now that Mozilla 1.1 has been released, there is not much use to using what now likely amounts to a quality-wise, technology-wise, and usability-wise outmoded Mozilla 1.0 build. Mozilla Organization people already are claiming that Mozilla 1.1-beta is more stable and better than what will be Mozilla 1.0.1. Moreover, Mozilla 1.1 has been released before Mozilla 1.0.1 ever will have seen the light of day.
On 22 May 2002 AOL-Netscape placed its Netscape 7.0-PR1 upgrade from Netscape 6.2.3 on its public FTP servers . Netscape 7.0-PR1 is based upon Mozilla 1.0-RC2 code. It will be interesting to see if AOL bases its next Netscape release, Netscape 7.0-PR2, or perhaps just Netscape 7.0, on the Mozilla 1.0.x branch or a trunk milestone such as Mozilla 1.1
The Mozilla Organization's February 2002 Roadmap Schedule and Tree Management Diagram had set Mozilla 1.1 release for 3 July 2002 and suggested an early May 2002 release for Mozilla 1.0.1. In early May, however, it became apparent that the Mozilla Organization would not be able to meet that schedule. So, it revised the proposed releases schedule.
The Mozilla Organization's May 2002 Roadmap Schedule and Tree Management Diagram revisions re-set Mozilla 1.1 release for 19 July 2002 and suggested an early June 2002 release for Mozilla 1.0.1.
However, both Mozilla 1.0.1 and Mozilla 1.1 missed the May Roadmap revision release schedules -- all told a substantial slippage in product release scheduling from the earlier February Roadmap release schedules. So at the end of July, the Mozilla Organization once again revised its release schedule.
The new, July, Roadmap Schedule and Tree Management Diagram set Mozilla 1.1 release for 9 August 2002 and suggests a late August or early September 2002 release for Mozilla 1.0.1.
Of course revising the Roadmap Schedules to reflect more accurately what is happening along the Mozilla development roadway is not necessarily a bad thing, in and of itself. When development tree or release candidate builds are not up to snuff, it certainly is prudent to slip a milestone release until the milestone is ready for release.
The problem, however, is that the Mozilla project mangers are unable to bring Mozilla development builds within quality control parameters within project release-time schedules. And that happens in part because the Mozilla code-base has become too darn clumsy and too darn buggy.
Crash Bugs Up in Mozilla 1.1
At the time Mozilla 1.0-RC1 was released there were 533 "crash" bugs listed in Mozilla's Bugzilla bug-tracking database and there were 561 "crash" bugs listed when Mozilla 1.0-RC2 was released. The "crash" bugs count was up to 618 open crash bugs by the time Mozilla 1.1a was released and the "crash" bugs count was 620 open crash bugs when Mozilla 1.1b was released. Earlier today the "crash" bugs count was 663 open crash bugs.
Mozilla Not for End Users
Apparently, the Mozilla Organization does not desire to attract end-users to the Mozilla browser suite. Interestingly, the official position of AOL-Netscape's Mozilla Organization is that it does not want end-users to run the Mozilla browser suite.
Interestingly, since we raised the "end users" issue in previous articles, there appears to be a movement afoot by some people in the Mozilla Community to get-real and make Mozilla 1.0, et sequitur, an end-user product. That's a good move!
If you are an end-user that would like to discuss Mozilla or would like some Mozilla help, try the #ChatZilla, #Mozilla, and #Netscape channels on the EFNet IRC network.
These IRC channels are not affiliated with AOL or its Netscape and Mozilla divisions. It's mostly Mozilla and Netscape users helping other Mozilla and Netscape users. You also will find #Caldera, #KDE, #Linux, #Mandrake, #RedHat, #SuSE, and #Windows channels on EFNet too.
Incidentally, ChatZilla is an IRC client that comes with Mozilla. Give it a try. To launch ChatZilla just go to the Mozilla Menu Bar and click Window > IRC Chat.
For more information about Mozilla 1.0, please see our Mozilla 1.0 comprehensive coverage articles:
What's New in Mozilla 1.1
Here is what is new in Mozilla 1.1 according to the Mozilla 1.1 Release Notes:
(Note: most if not all of the items listed in the What's New section of the Mozilla 1.1 Release Notes actually were introduced in Mozilla 1.1-alpha or Mozilla 1.1-beta. Consider this section to be in the nature of what's new since Mozilla 1.0)
* Improved application and layout performance
* Improved stability
* Improved Web site compatability
* Improved CSS, DOM and HTML standards support
* Distinct window icons on for the different Mozilla applications (artwork contributed by Grayrest).
* Mozilla can now trigger MS DUN when started without a connection.
* Fullscreen mode for Mozilla on Linux (press F11).
* Browser tabs now close left to right (they used to close right to left).
* The tab bar now has a button for creating new tabs.
* All Search entry points now use your default search engine.
* Download Manager has been enabled as the default download view (with many improvements)
* Autocomplete in the addressbar has more intelligent completion.
* The Linux File Picker has improved filtering and a new directory button.
* File extensions more accurately handled in downloads and we save the correct files when saving complete Web pages
* Drag and drop support has been greatly improved.
* View selection source: Context clicking on a selection now lets you view the HTML source for the selected area.
* Page info displays more page info with improved General and Media tab content.
* New button in prefs for making Mozilla the system default browser on MS Windows
* MathML is now enabled for Mozilla on Macintosh (already avail on win and linux).
* Mozilla now takes advantage of Quartz rendering for users of Mac OS X 10.1.5
* Better B-Di Arabic and Hebrew support including improved layout of Arabic pages on Linux and other platforms without their own Arabic shaping support.
* We have new layout performance enhancements targeted at DHTML.
* Mozilla now has support for the display of XBM images.
* Image and plug-in blocking for Mail & News
* Mozilla allows viewing HTML mail messages as plain text.
* Viewing HTML mail messages as plain text is new.
* You can now quote the current message in a Mail compose window with Quote Original under the options menu.
* Chatzilla has improved tab completion and can now join channels with Japanese names.
The download information and links are in the Resources section at the end of this article.
Lots of Bugs for Mozilla 1.1
We addressed some concerns about Mozilla'a runaway bugs problems in our article, Mozilla Milestone 0.9.9 Branched Behind Schedule. In that article, we noted that on 1 March, there were some 12,137 targeted new, assigned, and reopened Mozilla bugs and 21,199 new, assigned, and reopened bugs (open/unfixed bugs) altogether.
On May 10, when Mozilla 1.0-RC2 was released, there were 12,417 targeted, new, assigned, and reopened Mozilla bugs and 23,569 new, assigned, and reopened bugs (open/unfixed bugs) altogether. Mozilla 1.0-RC2 had more bugs than did Mozilla 0.9.9.
On Mozilla 1.1a release day, there were 1158 bugs targeted to Mozilla 1.1a, 12,638 targeted, new, assigned, and reopened Mozilla bugs, and 24,850 new, assigned, and reopened bugs (open/unfixed bugs) altogether. Mozilla 1.1-alpha had more bugs than did Mozilla 0.9.9.
By the time Mozilla 1.1-beta was released, the targeted, new, assigned, and reopened Mozilla bugs count was down to 12,462. However, new, assigned, and reopened bugs (open/unfixed bugs) altogether bug count was up to 25,939 bugs.
Earlier today, the targeted, new, assigned, and reopened Mozilla bugs count was down to 12,301. However, new, assigned, and reopened bugs (open/unfixed bugs) altogether bug count was up to 26,856 bugs. In addition there were 4,161 untriaged (unconfirmed) bugs listed in Bugzilla earlier today.
Please see our Mozilla 0.9.9 release article for more information about, and a breakdown of, the targeted new, assigned, and reopened Mozilla bugs complex. For more information about how Mozilla bugs impact on the user experience please see our articles A Quick Look at Some Mozilla 1.0 Browser-Suite Annoyances, Bugs, And Issues, Mozilla 1.0 Browser Quick Look, and Mozilla 1.0 Browser-Suite's E-Mail & News Quick Look
Mozilla has bugs problems. The Mozilla developers have continually failed to get the bugs targeted to milestones fixed before the scheduled milestone branching dates. Moreover, the Mozilla developers do not seem to be very effective in keeping buggy code from getting into the development tree.
However, since the Mozilla 0.9.9 release, code-checkin practices have been tightened down somewhat. That seems to be providing some reduction in the Mozilla runaway bugs problem.
That said, the more bugs in a program the more likely users will notice them and the more likely they will be annoyed by them. Bugs in milestone development releases are understandable although not a good thing.
Incidentally, a Bugzilla query today for open bugs with the keyword crash turned up more than 600 hits. A similar query made today using the keyword dataloss turned up more than 150 bugs. That's not a very pretty picture either.
All this bug stuff can be confusing. The most important point is that Mozilla 1.1 includes not merely the bugs targeted to Mozilla 1.1. Rather, Mozilla 1.1 includes some 26,000 un-fixed new, assigned, and reopened Mozilla bugs. The Mozilla 1.1-targeted bugs is merely a subset of the more than 26,000 un-fixed new, assigned, and reopened Mozilla bugs.
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 post-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 upcoming Mozilla Milestone 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. For the revised post-Mozilla 1.0 development roadmap and plan please see our articles, Moz 1.0 April Release Confirmed & Post-1.0 Development Plan Announced and New Mozilla Roadmap Sets 1.1 for 9 August 2002 and Effectively Kills Mozilla 1.0.x
Downloading & Installation Info
Here are the FTP download links for Mozilla 1.1 for you readers that cannot wait to try Mozilla 1.1
Please see the important note in the sidebar to the right here before installing.