Full Article Attached 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, 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. 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.

#152 It isn't as drastic as you make it out to be.

by cgonyea

Thursday April 3rd, 2003 7:21 PM

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It isn't going to take years like it did last time. Phoenix is already to the point that you could almost call it a 1.0 browser and that took only 8 months or so. It was all based on the current Mozilla code, with mostly improvements to the UI, work to speed it up, and removing non-important files. No thousands of man-hours were thrown away, I think they were well invested.

Development efforts haven't halted with Phoenix, in fact they have increased. Most extensions now are usable in Phoenix and only minor changes from what I understand are needed in order to get anything that is based on Mozilla to work with Phoenix. There is probably as many themes for Phoenix (if not more) compared to Mozilla.

Having 1.4 done and ready prepares those who will base their software off of it. They can get a stable product out and then concentrate on helping Mozilla work on this new direction. It has been way too long between the 1.0 stable release and the 1.4 stable release. This allows the latest Mozilla features to be used in products like Netscape while the new applications are being worked on.

There is PLENTY of warning. Think about it, we are still at 1.4 alpha. There is still the beta and then the stable release to go. That is a good amount of time to prepare for the transition.