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Mozilla.org: Mozilla Development Roadmap

Sep 20, 2000, 20:43 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brendan Eich)

"Welcome to the Mozilla development roadmap. This document briefly describes where the Mozilla project has been, and then details where it is going. It proposes key "road rules" and a release schedule for ongoing Mozilla-the-browser source milestone releases, from which anyone can build commercial and other products. It also hints at how Mozilla-the-platform should evolve, again from an operational or "release process" point of view...."

"The old roadmap recorded the momentous decision in October 1998 to reset the Mozilla project around the new layout engine (now called Gecko), a cross-platform front end (XPFE), now several XP Apps built on an XP Toolkit), and a scriptable components architecture (XPCOM and XPConnect). The old roadmap helped to effect a major course change for Mozilla, but it then failed to track the project's progress -- my fault, no excuses. On the plus side, it did prescribe and promote a number of positive techniques and developments in the code and in the community. But it's old news. Now we need a different roadmap."

"Going forward, as netscape.com prepares to ship a commercial product based on Mozilla, we need a roadmap that prescribes fewer technical points and more planning and scheduling techniques. Mozilla doesn't need new features, or any particular "new" or "next generation" module (there will and should be module rewrites, to be sure; there will also be new features, but I'm not about to call for any here). I would do a disservice to say anything on the order of "let's charge over that next hill" when we are still finishing the current architecture and staring down the troublesome aspects of its trade-offs (e.g. leaks due to lack of garbage collection)."

"Mozilla needs performance, stability, and correctness. We are near the last ten percent of the "Mozilla 1.0" project, where the going gets tough."

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