Weekend Discussion

Friday March 24th, 2000

Time for another weekend discussion. The question this weekend:

What do you feel is an appropriate level of integration between a browser and an Operating System? And at the other end of the spectrum, what are your feelings about Mozilla's cross-platform approach?

#1 My 10 cents

by Kovu <>

Friday March 24th, 2000 9:35 PM

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Web browsing has nothing to do with interfacing between the user and the hardware, and that's the SOLE purpose of an OS. End of story. Microsoft once said that if they included a ham sandwich with every copy of Windows 98, the government would have to consider it integrated. I say crap. It slowed down Windows, introduced HUGE security bugs in the OS, made the product bulkier and less stable, and helped drive Netscape to AOL. I say integration is complete crap.

Cross platform is awesome. It will allow every platform, whether major or not, to have a standards-compliant Web browser (assuming anyone from that actually platform ports it -- read: AMIGA). It will certainly allow Netscape to spend FAR more time making the product quality across all platforms since they don't have to spend all their time mired in proprietary code for only the major OSs. I think cross platform rocks, in short.