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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?


#3 Mozilla is a toolkit

by Ben_Goodger

Friday March 24th, 2000 10:46 PM

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...with which people are free to make whatever they wish. File managers, web browsers, mp3 players, spreadsheets.. whatever you wish.

IE is not the OS in windows - it is part of the file management front end. Creating a unified means of dealing with data is IMO a good thing. IE in Win98/2000 does many things right, however it does not go all the way. What if you could have folders on your HD filled with mail messages, saved newsgroup postings and bookmarks, as easily as Word documents and mp3s. What if this was all displayable through a single unified interface that adapted the information it gave to you based on file type? What if you could access and manage remote documents as easily as local ones? What if you could manage files easily across platform boundaries?

These questions are the cornerstone of Aurora - some of this functionality was in place in Mozilla Classic. I think this is the direction we need to be going now. I don't think we need to usurp Explorer or Finder to do it, either. We just create a better system that people want to use.