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.
by neva <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday April 3rd, 2003 10:14 PM
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I don't mind cutting it, but what I mind are things I occasionally see in the Phoenix discussions. There seems to be a tendency to immediately notice filesize increases and immediately see them as reasons for alarm, instead of asking if there's some *reason* that the file's a little larger. You'd think that the ultimate goal was to fit it onto a floppy disk or something. (Hint: If that's what you want out of a browser, there are some rather nice textbased ones out there. They're very small and zippy.)
Cutting out things that people genuinely don't use or slimming down parts which take up more space than they should? There's a sense to that. But I have to agree--it gets taken too far. And since Mozilla's *added* so much stuff lately, it's a little weird that they want to replace 1.4 with something that's been more focused on cardio than weight training. ;)