In light of the bugs and performance loss caused by the overbloating syndrome which has hit several .5 releases lately (5.0 was very bad and this 6.5 is not usable either), there should be a mechanism for a user to easily evaluate the customer response to a new release before attempting to install it.
I'm thinking of a way to show in an unambiguous scale what other users think of a new release and also a way to directly compare it to the current score for the version one is already using, so as to decide if the risks of upgrading are acceptable. Ofcourse you can make the same assesment by reading a few dozen topics complaining about the problems, but it should be more efficient to have one score card to say if the release is worth it.
Preferably this information should be available from download.zonelabs.com next to release notes, but an interim solution could be a simple poll in the forum with a topic name for the exact version (such as 6.5.722.000).
My vote for 6.5.722.000 would be 2 out of 10 because it does what it's supposed to do most of the time. For me it loses something like 6 points for doing things it's definitely NOT supposed to do, such as crashing occasionally (vsmon null pointer at 0x7800ffe7) and most importantly, the huge slowdown of everything, launching programs takes several seconds longer than before and clicking a link in a web browser can take a second for it to even start loading. And this is in an above avarage (2.5 GHz K8) machine, with all of the non-firewall features of ZAP DISABLED. 6.1 was much better, I would rate it at 8 out of 10 for usability. That's why I'm going back to it right now.
Operating System:Windows 2000 Pro
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro