Weekend Discussion

Friday June 30th, 2000

The weekend discussion returns, with a simple question:

What's your impression of Mozilla's status at this point? Progressing nicely? Faltering? Are you using Mozilla? If not, what needs to be changed before you start using it full time? Try to be specific, and offer constructive criticism and advice. It would be nice if the Mozilla developers could gather some useful information from the discussion. If you haven't tried out a recent nightly build, take one for a spin before you comment.

#106 The Alpha and Omega is the UI

by bongo

Monday July 3rd, 2000 6:44 PM

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I certainly hope the message is getting through that the ugliness of the present UI is going to be a major handicap to Mozilla's wider acceptance unless it is changed pronto. Users shouldn't have to apply a skin before they get something that looks better than than something designed in Warsaw in 1972. As many have said before, currently the best browser interface is IE5 for Mac. It's a model of understated elegance and beauty. What I find fascinating is how each browser has its own user 'feel', like driving a car.

With regard to this, here's my experience...

On Mac, Netscape is still the fastest and delivers a smooth ride like a Jaguar.

IE is slightly slower (except on the backbutton), and the 'feel' is rather like a rather heavy Cadillac.

The remarkable iCab is as fast as Netscape, and feels kind of light, like riding in an aluminium Mini Minor.

Mozilla is painfully slow and jerky in loading on a modem connection, and the feel is the heaviest - like an armoured personnel carrier with bad tracks.