mozillaZine: What is a Mozilla Alpha?Nov 27, 1999, 19:20 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitchell Baker, Dawn Endico, Brendan Eich)
"What's "Mozilla Alpha"? Well, Alpha comes before Beta. And Beta traditionally means that you think your software is mostly feature complete (maybe there are one or two late-breaking features scheduled for a second beta). More important, Beta means you are ready to inflict your software on a very large number of your end-users."
"We're not at Beta yet, but with any luck, we'll be far enough along at the M12 release, or soon after, that we're all happy calling it "Mozilla Alpha". How will we know when we're there? Of course, there's the general "I'll know it when I see it" test. But we'd also like to have some more objective Alpha criteria to work with."
"So here's our proposal for Mozilla Alpha release criteria. Let us know what you think. We're especially interested in whether you believe these are appropriate and adequate criteria, or whether we should use other and better metrics. And please tell us anything else important that we haven't thought of so far."