Yeah, the rapid release schedule came in response to Chrome's auto-updating itself at an obscene rate. IMHO the competition forces all browsers involved to innovate, which is awesome
The rapid release schedule is all but nice...
Firefox 7.0 is a good example of this - it came out with a major bug that needed a .0.1 update to get it fixed. Not to mention all the other little bugs that have cropped up, like the window resizing bug (it's late, but I'll try to get a pic up tomorrow), and another one that I can't recall offhand. Yes, with 7.0.1. That's scary.
It's a craze that needs to end. The rapid release schedule works for Chrome because there's a lot
of people working on it, and paid to do so too, typically very well. Hundreds of people work on it everyday, as a day job. (And even still some bugs do slip through!) Mozilla et. al. (including one Canonical for Ubuntu) don't really have this magnitude of people and effort working on it. They can't catch bugs as fast, not mentioning be productive as fast. It just doesn't work.
Sure, they are working faster and better, but is a rapid release schedule necessary? If they are getting motivated because of the scheduling, not because they are self-motivated... there's a more serious problem at hand than their bugs and release schedules.
I'm hoping that this insanity will end.... hopefully. It's great that they are competing, but sometimes you gotta compete differently
. And that's fine - because in the end, the final result matters, not how much time it takes! Note:
I am a long time, and still proud Firefox user. I also speak as a FOSS project developer, with some minor experience in project management. My comments are mainly based on experiences, and maybe a little bit of speculation. I do not intend to insult anyone with my above comments. If you feel these are insulting, contact me and I will edit/remove them. Thanks!