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Washington Post: Dragon Their Feet On Mozilla

Jan 05, 2001, 14:41 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Pegoraro)

"Back when the Web was new, the interesting news in software was always the latest beta release of Netscape. For some people, that's still the case. Except the browser they're watching isn't called Netscape anymore. Instead it goes by the name Mozilla. It's one of the more ambitious projects in "open source" software development..."

"Netscape 6.0 is just a branch off the Mozilla development tree, which doesn't foresee a 1.0 version of Mozilla itself until months from now. This project's pace has become a running subject of complaint among Web-heads. ... Almost three years after the start of the project, and a bit more than two years after the developers running it elected to rewrite its core code from scratch, Mozilla hit its "0.6" version last month. Nightly updates to its code have advanced things slightly since then, and the current road map calls for a 1.0 release this summer "if we're lucky."

"Meanwhile, the current, unfinished product is available for anybody to download in Windows, Mac and Linux versions. Trying it out can be a frustrating, deceptive experience; there's a lot to put up with, but not much that distinguishes this browser from its commercial cousin, Netscape 6.0."

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