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vniow
Nov 6, 2002, 10:46 AM
In a tech industry equivalent to guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar, the development group behind the Mozilla browser is challenging geeks to guess the exact date and time when the project's 200,000th bug will be reported.

In a posting to three newsgroups devoted to the Netscape-hatched open-source browser, including "netscape.public.mozilla.general," Mozilla staff member Gervase Markham invited developers to e-mail a guess. The prize? A "limited-edition Mozilla 1.0 commemorative CD, with large red lizard on the front." (http://news.com.com/2100-1023-964663.html?tag=fd_top)

King Cobra
Nov 6, 2002, 04:32 PM
Win a lizard for dating bug 200000!

My father usually likes lizzards, but I think he finds SoBe drinks more satisfying, since he can't drink compact disks. :D

Seriously, though. Do you expect Netscape to have a lot of fanfare for a bug competition? Sure, Mozilla isn't perfect, but it's well in front of Netscape, which is farther from perfect than Mozilla is.

Mozilla has been through a lot of beta developments to get this far, and Chimera is working its way towards 1.0. But I think this should get more attention towards Mozilla. I'm just afraid that if people read the report wrong, they'll think Mozilla is a bad thing, having 200000 reports of bugs. And that's over a period of a year or two. I'm estimating that on average Mozilla crashes 500 times a day, which isn't a whole lot, compared to how many computers have web access, and to what percentage (even a small percent) use Mozilla. :)