Time is running out for Mozilla developers
According to the roadmap, which was current until a few days ago, version 1.0 of the Mozilla browser should be available for download in April 2002. However, as we have been used to for a year, the release has now been postponed, initially to the end of May.
However, a second release candidate is planned for tomorrow Saturday - previously it was assumed that that the RC1 is the last step before Mozilla 1.0. Curiously, Mozilla 1.0 no longer appears in the official roadmap. If you believe it, a first alpha version of Mozilla 1.1 will follow almost two weeks after RC2 on May 22nd. The diagram illustrating the planning, on the other hand, points to a release of Mozilla 1.0 at the end of May, i.e. after Mozilla 1.1 Alpha. The suspicion could arise that the browser will never finish, in the opinion of the developers, and a look at Mozilla's bug database reveals frightening figures: There are currently around 12,000 open bugs, hardly more than 500 of which are currently planned ( Release at the end of May), which the roadmap diagram reveals, can still be fixed. So there is a risk that Mozilla 1.0, although it undoubtedly brings with it less critical bugs than the previous versions, could possibly become a very shaky affair.
A neutral observer would immediately draw the conclusion to give the developers a few more months so that version 1.0 lives up to its name. But apparently AOL/Netscape, initiator of the project, is pushing for an early publication. This would be quite understandable, if one wants to use the Mozilla browser as the basis of a new Netscape version and also integrate it into the AOL access software. That AOL and Microsoft, among other things, because of the matter with the AOL icon on the Windows desktop and the associated dispute over theReal Player in the AOL software is in a dispute, should be well known. So it's no wonder that AOL wants to stand on its own two feet as quickly as possible and does not want to push the spread of Microsoft's Internet Explorer further. In order to get rid of the bad image of Netscape 6, which has stuck to the browser since the release of version 6.0, the plan is evidently to market the browser based on Mozilla 1.0 as Netscape 7.0 and to integrate it into the access software.