[Marketing-Public]Packaging Mozilla Suite and its Children
marketing-public at mozilla.org
Sun, 26 Oct 2003 10:45:17 -0600
Recently there has been a long discussion on Mozillazine talking about
packaging Mozilla - The Suite, and her children Firebird and Thunderbird.
One suggestion is to package Mozilla - The Suite in a similar fashion as
Microsoft Office 2000, 2003, Office XP, etc.; or Mozilla Gold, or
Mozilla 2004, or Mozilla 21st Century. Whatever form the final product
evolves into, it needs to be compatible with user recognition of the
versions he/she is using.
There is a lot of discussion on the subject of the front end versions
the user sees, and the back end versions the developers and programmers
are using. Both are very important in order to keep logical track of
what each entity is working with. The user must know what versions
he/she has installed for updating purposes, and the
developers/programmers must know what versions they are working with
prior to public release.
A possible solution is to retain the current version order for
development with minor modifications applying a version point number, as
these modifications become more of a major improvement the version
number and point number can be released as a public release update to
the original version number.
For the public release versions modify the "Help/About/Mozilla" to
itemize the Mozilla base version, Browser version, Mail version,
Calendar version, etc., each time a component is updated. This will
allow the user to update components in place of the whole suite, and
keep track of the latest updates. The updated versions should mirror
the point version the developers release for the public.
Whenever there is a major upgrade to the suite the entire version
numbering system could be bumped up to version 3.0. this might keep
everyone running on the same track, developers, and end users.
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