I added ad blocking to camino tonight, via the userContent.css method. So now all a user has to do is click a button in prefs, restart Camino (yeah yeah, not sure how to get around that) and voila -- no more ads. No muss, no fuss, no mucking with their profile or creating plain text files.
I'm going to try to do a 0.9alpha1 spin on Monday or so, or at least get the branding changes into the trunk so that nightlies report themselves as 0.9a1. We can then pick any nightly to be our alpha and then bump the trunk to 0.9a1+. This is what they're doing with deer park for Firefox.
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.
If you're ever curious what Simon and I actually get paid to do, here's an example of something we shipped last week. At first glance it may not look like a lot, but it does a lot for Mac AOL members. Hopefully it'll be just one offering in a long line of useful Mac apps from AOL.
In the last few days I've added a bunch of smaller things, most notably support for searching Camino's bookmarks with Spotlight. The more I use Spotlight, the more I'm really liking it, and being able to have bookmarks show up in results is helpful. I've also moved the cache to ~/Library/Caches so that the profile folder will be small enough to easily back up to a USB drive or sync.
It appears that MF will be putting out FF 1.1a in the next couple of weeks, with a final off the 1.8 branch some time this Summer. I'm thinking that we should try to tag along and release a Camino 0.9a1 about the same time. We have about 40 0.9 stopper bugs, and while they need to be fixed for release, the trunk is leaps and bounds better than 0.8.x and it would show people that we're making progress. I fear that people won't understand that it's an alpha and bash us on the blemishes, but I don't think we should let that hold us back.
Blemishes or not, we need to get people banging on the new features so that we know what we need to fix and not be too surprised when we get to the home stretch.
Just added form fill to Camino. Right now the user must initiate it via the Edit menu, it won't do anything automatically for you. Personally, I think this is best as it lessens the chance of us filling something the user doesn't want without them knowing. Monday's nightly will have it.
I wanted to get this in so we have time to flesh out the bugs before 0.9beta.