Friday March 3rd, 2000
This weekend's discussion: What keeps you interested in Mozilla, and what expectations do you have?
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#15 Business perspective
Saturday March 4th, 2000 12:59 AM
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As IT Director of a manufacturing company, I need a cross platform browser so that I can specify the best technology for our company's needs. If IE becomes "the only browser", it will be more difficult for us to use opther innovative technology such as network computers, Linux, wireless terminals, MacIntosh, and so forth. This is more important than just Internet web browsing by the employee's because we use the same technology for our internal business needs. Our users love this browser based interface to our data. What we don't like are the "channels", and "favorites" (advertising crap, AOL IM, etc.) that come with either of the commercial packages. We also need a fairly complete suite- browser, mail, news, composer, calendar- with a consistant look. We have actually had very good luck using and supporting Netscape 4.5 on nearly 1,000 machines across 20 locations nation-wide. We run the whole thing from our headquarters where we have SuiteSpot, Messenger, Collarbra(news), LDAP, and Calendar on two HP-UX servers. The server side has been very reliable.
It is getting ever more difficult to support the client side Netscape, however, because of the many packages that now require IE.
I am fearful that the Mozilla project may be too home-oriented, leaving us "Keep It Simple" business users out of the thinking. Hopefully, whatever results will be highly configurable, modular in design, stable, support Java, and wildly popular.
Thanks for listening, Allen