Modern 2.0

Wednesday August 23rd, 2000

Netscape has begun working on landing the new modern skin for both Mozilla 1 and Netscape 6. The current plan is to dump the current modern skin when the new one has fully landed.

While the skin looks better than the first version of Modern, we think this time could be better spent on improving the Classic skin, which is preferred by the majority of users, rather than working on a skin that has already been shunned by most in the community. What are they thinking?

#21 Netscape's Decision

by dmyurych <>

Wednesday August 23rd, 2000 11:21 PM

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Last time I checked Mozilla was an open/free source project. If people prefer the Classic theme, they are free to code to thei ffb r hearts content. Netscape is but one contributor, granted the major contributor, to Mozilla. They have every right to come up with whatever look they want for there 'branded' version of Mozilla. People are still trapped in the menatally that Netscape == Mozilla. It doesn't have too. We're starting to see other 'distributions' of Mozilla, just like we see many ditributions of Linux. If Netscape is paying their developers to contribute to Mozilla, they most certainly have the freedom to make it look whatever way they wish. If people don't like it, they can make their own contributions to the Mozilla code base. Or in the worst case, like with any free software project, fork the code and do whatever they want. I personal don't plan on using Netscape's distribution of Mozilla (too much AOL crap), but I think the ability to choose between multiple distributions of Mozilla whether it be Netscape, Galeon, K-Meleon or whoever else, is great.

p.s. Regarding dynamic toolbar customization, if you really think it's such a great feature, why not work with an existing theme or create a theme that has just that ability.