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The Lizard Marches On:

Mozilla Milestone 0.8 Browser-Suite Released

Mike Angelo -- 15 February 2001 (c)

The Mozilla Organization released the Milestone Mozilla 0.8 edition of its Mozilla browser-suite today on its march to Mozilla 1.0. The Mozilla Milestone 0.8 browser-suite is cross-platform and builds are available for the Linux, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, and several UNIX platforms. Source code is available if you want to custom compile your own Mozilla Milestone 0.8 build.

The latest Mozilla Project Development Roadmap lists the next Milestone release, Mozilla Milestone 0.9, for 19 March 2001. Then the final shipping release, Mozilla 1.0, is expected sometime in April or May. (Please see Table 1.)

The new Netscape 6 browser-suite and the upcoming NeoPlanet browser are based upon the cross-platform Mozilla browser-suite. AOL/Time-Warner's Netscape division released its Netscape 6.01 browser-suite minor upgrade 8 February 2001.

"The milestones are intended to be periodic check points for progress on the project, stability of builds, porting status, and are entry points for additional mozilla (sic) contributors to provide testing and engineering help on the project." (Project Sea Monkey)

Nevertheless, pre-Mozilla-1.0 development builds now are pretty much features-complete, stable, and usable. Mozilla development work now is focused on bug squashing, improved stability, and better performance. Browser-wise, we find current Mozilla Milestone releases good enough for regular use.

For example, we have been using the 9 January 2001 Mozilla Milestone 0.7 release as a primary browser. It is very stable and usable for us insofar as Web surfing is concerned. We also find it to be better, browser-wise, than Netscape 6.0.

MozillaQuest Magazine is giving the Mozilla 0.8 builds a preliminary try out now. Check back for more information soon. In the meantime, if you want to test drive the brand new Mozilla 0.8 builds now, we recommend that you install Mozilla 0.8 in its own directory, that you do not get rid of your current browser(s), and that you do not set Mozilla 0.8 as your default browser -- yet.

Here are the FTP download links for Mozilla 0.8 for you readers that cannot wait to try Mozilla 0.8. Please do not forget to report bugs, problems, or suggestions for enhancements to Bugzilla.

Linux Builds

ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla0.8/

mozilla-i686-pc-linux-gnu-0.8.tar.gz

Windows Builds

ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla0.8/

mozilla-win32-0.8.zip

Macintosh Builds

ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla0.8/

mozilla-mac-0.8.sea.bin

Mozilla 0.8 Source

ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla0.8/src/

Additional Resources

For more information about the Netscape 6.01 release, please see:

Netscape 6.01 Browser-Suite Released

For a step-by-step Netscape 6.0/6.01 installation tutorial, please see.

How To Download, Install, & Configure Netscape 6.0 -- Safely!

To build you own customized Mozilla-based browser suite or themes, please see:

MozillaQuest the Series: Building Your Own Mozilla-Based Web Browser

For more information about the Mozilla Organization, the Mozilla applications programming framework, and the Mozilla browser, please see:

Mozilla--A Lizard for All Seasons:

For regularly updated Mozilla browser-suite download and install information , please see:

Official Mozilla Organization Downloads

To download and install the Netscape 6.0 browser suite, please see:

How To Download, Install, & Configure Netscape 6.0 -- Safely!

For more information about the Mozilla Roadmap, please see :

Report bugs, problems, or suggestions for enhancement to Bugzilla.

For more information about the NeoPlanet browser please see:

NeoPlanet Working on Mozilla-Based Browser


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