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Jul. 10th, 2003

Occurrence: Mozilla 1.5 alpha has frozen and will be released shortly. This will be another Mozilla Application Suite release citing Thunderbird/Firebird aren't ready. I am frustrated at mozilla.org's leadership on this issue and the not-forthcomingness of the decision making that's going on. It makes it very hard to plan organization wide roll outs of software when software release plans are shrouded in arrogance.</p>

I dropped by the IRC channel #mozilla on irc.mozilla.org and was quickly given the snub for politely asking for clarification on the release plans. These people have forgotten their mandate -- this is a bazaar; not a cathedral, you bastards.

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rwvaughn
Jul. 10th, 2003 09:34 am (UTC)
Asa and the other drivers have always given me the impression of what an open source project should not be. They guard the development of Mozilla as if the damn thing was solely theirs.

Personally I wouldn't count on seeing the suite being separated until 1.6 or possibly even 1.7. They just seem to be moving so slowly. Furthermore, Mozilla Firebird has seen very little development since 0.6 was released. The nightlies have only had useless cosmetic changes applied... a copy button, a paste button, and a cut button added to the customizable toolbar. Are those features shockingly necessary?

Before the suite could even be replaced with standalone apps I think a lot of work has to be done to Firebird and Thunderbird. Thunderbird hasn't even had it's first milestone release. Frankly, there doens't seem to even be a clear direction.

If the drivers would actually solicit help from the community rather than snubbing it I think things would have been moving a lot quicker.
jasondclinton
Jul. 10th, 2003 10:18 am (UTC)
Yea...
Perhaps Mozilla would be better off without Netscape's "support".
rwvaughn
Jul. 10th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Yea...
Well maybe that and new blood to manage the project.
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