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Mozilla.org: Mozilla 1.0 Manifesto

Oct 17, 2001, 09:34 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brendan Eich)

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"People often ask "Why should Mozilla have a 1.0? Why not just keep going and let vendors pick good milestones retrospectively?" There are several reasons to do a 1.0, enumerated below. But let's agree on what a "Mozilla 1.0" would be:
  • The first major-revision-number milestone release (mozilla1.0) of the Mozilla browser application suite and platform from mozilla.org. A release of higher quality than any delivered so far, on whose quality our reputation is at stake precisely because 1.0 is such a coveted and feared version number.
  • A set of promises to keep compatibility with various APIs, broadly construed (XUL 1.0 is an API), until a 2.0 or higher-numbered major release. All milestone releases and trunk development between 1.0 and 2.0 will preserve frozen interface compatibility. Mozilla 1.0 is a greenlight to hackers, corporations, and book authors to get busy building atop this stable base set of APIs.
  • A stable, long-lived branch off of the cvs.mozilla.org trunk (MOZILLA_1_0_BRANCH). Interested parties should collaborate, with support from staff@mozilla.org, in developing conservative fixes for critical bugs in this branch. Anyone who wants a baseline for development that will work with the public APIs of Mozilla 1.0 is free to develop against the 1.0 branch.

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