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.

#39 Re: How does this affect vendors?

by GAThrawn

Wednesday April 2nd, 2003 4:56 PM

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Netscape's browser has always picked one milestone (the stable branch) and then released their Netscape branded releases for the next few months based on that.

eg (If I'm remembering the numbers right) the preview releases based on M18/ 0.6 and then the final Netscape 6.0 released off the Mozilla 0.6 branch. Every Netscape after this was essentially just a small set of bugfixes to Mozilla 0.6 up to Netscape 7.0 which was based on Mozilla 1.0, now Netscape's subsequent releases have all been based on the 1.0 stable branch, up to now when the talk is that their next version will be based on Mozilla 1.4 final.

Netscape will probably then stick to releasing minor upgrades to Mozilla 1.4 (note that the timeline does specify that 1.4 will be a long-lived branch for embedders and 3rd party bundlers) for the next 6-9 months.

In the mean time Mozilla will progress through 1.5 and onto 1.6 with many, many changes many of which have the potential to cause bugs and problems. Only when these problems are all ironed out will Netscape/AOL consider releasing the next major version of their browser suite and possibly basing it on Mozilla 1.something (or will it even be 2.0 by then?).

So Netscape may follow suit but not for a long time yet.