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.
#115 Re: Re: Re: Why so surprised?
Tuesday July 4th, 2000 4:16 PM
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Yep. Mozilla wanted to be cool by supporting platforms other than Windows. The sad fact is that Mozilla would not be on Linux or Mac (to say nothing of the ports supported by groups outside Netscape, because the code would be Windows-specific) if the move to non-native widgets had not been made. You can like the decision to change, or you can hate it. But it's what had to be done. Another Windows only browser, even an open-source one that supports the latest standards, is not something that the world needed, and anyone who thinks so probably has never used anything but Windows.
That having been said, I'm keeping a tab on Matthew Thomas's effort to get native widgets working in XUL. If native widgets improve to the point where they work fine in CSS (even IE doesn't use native widgets; they just use widgets that look a lot like native), maybe the change back to native can be managed.