Major Roadmap Update Centers Around Phoenix, Thunderbird; 1.4 Branch to Replace 1.0; Changes Planned for Module Ownership Model
Wednesday April 2nd, 2003
In the most radical change to the Mozilla project since the late 1998 decision to rewrite much of the code, mozilla.org today announced a major new roadmap proposal that will see Phoenix and Thunderbird (also known as Minotaur) becoming the focus of future development. According to the roadmap, 1.4 is likely to be the last milestone of the traditional Mozilla suite and the 1.4 branch will replace the 1.0 branch as the stable development path. mozilla.org is also proposing changes to the module ownership model including a move towards stronger leadership and the removal of mandatory super-review in some cases. Please click the Full Article link to read the full analysis.
Let me soak this in............. I remember when the Phoenix project started "as an experimental browser for mozilla technologies" and the ultimate goal was just this, but I never expected it to be so soon!
This is definitally the right decision for Mozilla. But, I hope that mozilla.org, as an organization is steping on allot of feet doing this, and it is a very GOOD thing!
I only have 2 concerns;
1.- How can we prevent 'Phoenix' (the new moz browser) from going the same route as mozilla went with undecisive UI decisions? ye, I read the roadmap, but can that really hold true? While I beielve it can, who's the one to make the final decision if no sole owner of UI is set?
2.- In context to GRE, what will prevent ONE crash by GRE to ot take down all my applications that are running off of it? If I'm runing Moz browser(Phx) and Thunderbird, and Thunderbird crashes, it should not take down my browser, but if the fault is in GRE will it then?
Again, I applaud the Mozilla organization for this wonderful proposal (and hopfully implementation).
In concern to the roadmap, I think it should be made clearer, how easy it is to move you application from Mozilla based to Phoenix. Most Extensions/add-on's and applications require only a small amount of tweaks to get working (not all ofcourse).
On another subject, who's still on Netscape's pay-roll that is working on Mozilla. Are all @mozilla.org e-mail holders on Netscape's payroll. Interestingly enough, in the roadmap, their are only 2 netscape.com e-mail holders.
Is mozilla finially breaking away from netscape's hold? Are any other companies paying distrubuters to work on Mozilla/Phx?
Many might say "who cares", but I must admit that Money does pertay in a small way to the speed of development of an open source project.
Appreciate any/all feedback