May 14, 2005

On the road again...

Now that 1.0.4 is out, the Foundation can turn its attention back to the Firefox 1.1 roadmap. The first stop along that road is alpha1, and should come next week. We're following this roadmap for Camino 0.9 and will release 0.9alpha1 in the same timeframe. Future Firefox alphas and betas will have parallel Camino releases. Of course, the foundation has not yet put dates on those milestones. I would not expect, however, a 0.9final before the end of summer. The release process takes time, but we'll have alphas and betas out there to demonstrate real progress.

It's time we get attention back on the trunk. I'm now running nightly builds both at home and at work to feel the joys and pains of what we're getting ready to release. That's the only way to know what really needs to be fixed and what doesn't.

Regarding the lastest hubbub between Apple and kHTML, Ben is right. We live in OSS, but we have to release products that have high impact. Someone once said to me, "Real artists release." That couldn't be more true. What good is a song/painting/poem/software app that sits in a closet because it's not yet perfect? We can demand high quality, but waiting for perfection quickly leads to obscurity. Open source, or not.

Posted by pinkerton at May 14, 2005 9:05 AM