Mozilla 0.9.1 Released
Thursday June 7th, 2001
mozilla.org released milestone 0.9.1 today, which continues to move Mozilla towards the 1.0 release. New features include Bi-directional text support, LDAP Autocomplete in mail, new combined taskbar, an overhaul of the Modern skin with all new colors and buttons, and a slew of performance and stability fixes, with over 30 of the topcrash bugs fixed.
#142 Re: Re: Re: Mozilla a "product"?
Sunday June 10th, 2001 8:27 AM
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I'd like to comment on a few points in your post. First of all, you say Opera isn't very portable and that there are separate codebases for each platform. Both points are wrong. For example the EPOC version of Opera was programmed by coding a "Win32 API emulator" that basically maps Win32 method calls to EPOC method calls. If you've worked with EPOC, you'll know that if you can port your existing code to EPOC at all, then it's *VERY* portable code because EPOC is *SO* different from all other OS's. Second, Opera works on Windows, Macintosh, BeOS, EPOC, Linux and possibly more but I forget. What's the percentage of all users worldwide that covers? 99.99%? Saying that the the crossplaformness is weak for Opera is just plain wrong. Even Microsoft reaches near 99% with Macintosh + Windows. XP is *not* a very big competitive advantage with Mozilla.
I also think you vastly over estimate the impact of AOL. AOL is very weak anywhere outside the USA so the only place you can expect any considerable amount of AOL-Mozilla users would be in the USA, and there too, we're talking in the range of 5% of users or so. And that's 5% of US users - not worldwide.
If Mozilla wants to be able to compete, the areas of focus should be these:
a) speed b) size c) stabilty d) coolness and quality of the user interface
Right now, the only area where Mozilla has a chance is coolenss of UI. I'm confident that stability will be there six months from now because it's been improving steadily for quite some time now. The quality of the UI is absolutely horrible (form fields jumping when you focus them, scrollbars that don't appear, delete buttons that don't work, inconsistency etc.). Size.. well, memory footprint is pretty bad but disk footprint is quite good - especially without all the test apps that come bundled with the nightly builds. Speed.. Ouch!