February 14, 2006

1.0 Has Arrived!

I'm posting this with Camino 1.0 final. The website has been updated. The press release has been issued. Today is the day that we take that step from obscure open source project to real, non-alpha, non-beta, feel-safe-to-tell-your-mom-about-it project.

There are so many people I'd like to thank who made this all a reality. Some have only been with the project for a short time, others have been with it since almost the very beginning. Some contribute by submitting bugs, others contribute their time to help us figure out which bugs are real and how important they are. Some contribute artistic talent, others contribute code and bugfixes. Some contribute just by telling their friends about this cool alternative to Safari and Firefox. Everyone in the community shares my gratitude for making Camino what it is today.

Is it perfect? No. Absolutely not. Does it have every feature that every other browser has? No. Absolutely not. There will always be haters who scream, "How could you have a 1.0 without XYZ!?" Sure, we could have tinkered endlessly, but there comes a time when you just have to wrap it with a bow and ship it. Was Safari 1.0 perfect? What about Firefox 1.0? Compare those to where they are now and it's not pretty. Regardless, we feel that the quality is incredibly high for a project with no full-time staff and no paid employees. We are very proud of what we've been able to accomplish over the last 5 years.

Now that we've crossed that magic 1.0 barrier, we're free to resume innovating, tinkering, and catching up where we still need to. I get lots of feedback on a daily basis (99% of it is very positive, which still amazes me) and I read it all. I even respond to most of it. We hear you loud and clear. We will be adding spell check. We will be adding RSS detection. We will be fixing many of the issues you've complained about. Interested in helping? Check out the website!

Thank you to everyone involved, even jinglepants.

EDIT: Om Malik, of Business 2.0, blogged about our milestone. Sweetness.

Posted by pinkerton at February 14, 2006 9:58 AM