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Tuesday April 11th, 2000

I have decided to put my own head on the chopping block and weigh in on the Mozilla skins and native widgets debate. To read more, click "Full Article" below.

#20 Re: "Mozilla is not a browser"

by basic <>

Wednesday April 12th, 2000 1:01 AM

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> It has become painfully obvious to me that what developers want Mozilla to be and what users want it to be are two completely different things.

Not totally true...

> Users don't want a cross-platform development environment- they want a fast browser.

True, but users today are looking for other apps besides a browser...

> If Mozilla insists on delivering something other than a browser (which appears to be the current course), it is going to lose, because it is going to have forgotten the customer.

Well, users want more than a browser. Otherwise why is AIM so popular? Besides Mozilla IS AN XPDE (cross-platform dev. env.), but a (or rather many) fast browser(s) is (are) also being build using this XPDE.

> Or rather, it will deserve to lose.

We will see, I'm not sure about the deserve part. I guess that depends on your point of view...

> AOL will ensure that doesn't happen- but that will be a hollow victory indeed.

Why would AOL ensure that it doesn't happen? I believe that in the long term AOL is probably more interested in Mozilla for its XPDE than its fast and standard compliant browser. But a good browser doesn't hurt either of course.

> Anyway, I wish you all good luck in building what looks to be a fantastic and wonderful environment that no one except AOL members and Linux users with no better choice will ever seriously use.

I'm afraid that I'm not just a Linux user. I'm a DOS / Win31-95-98-NT / Linux / Mac / BeOS user. And I look forward to use Mozilla not only for browsing the web, but also email,html/xml editing,chatting and maybe even as a XP desktop enviroment.