Status Update

Friday January 14th, 2000

David Polberger thought it was worth drawing attention to Jim Roskind's Seamonkey status update on the Status Update page.

Jim talks about dogfood, alpha, beta -- all from an unofficial point-of-view -- and gives a clear look ahead at the next few months of development.

There's a lot to do, but they're making great progress, and I expect M13 (the tree closes for M13 stabilization on the 18th of January) will get a strong reception.

#23 Not likely, at best.

by FrodoB

Saturday January 15th, 2000 11:59 PM

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A snowball's chance in hell, at worst.

Referring to a Linux version, I mean. Microsoft can NEVER support Linux; it means that they are directly supporting their competitor (Microsoft and Apple aren't direct competitors because they work on different hardware). To do so would mean that people would suddenly find Windows to be optional: who would stick with a crash-prone operating system (thus giving money to MS) when they could switch to a free, relatively crash-free operating system with a perfectly wonderful free browser?

Surely you can see that Microsoft wouldn't do that. The bottom line is the almighty ruler.

Beyond that, I don't doubt that IE will one day be standards-compliant. Do I think it'll happen before Moz ships? No. Not while MS can still steer the Web towards only running on Windows (Do I think MS cares about the Mac? Nope. They make a browser for Apple because they still make several hundred million dollars on Office [nothing else] on Mac.).

Maybe MS will prove me wrong. But they haven't done it in the past. I have no reason to think the future will differ from the general trends: embrace, extend, and eradicate.