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Full Article Attached Update on Tree Plan for 0.9.4

Saturday August 25th, 2001

Asa Dotzler has sent in an update to what mozilla.org's plans are for the 0.9.4 milestone. Click the full article link for more info on this, and what you can do to help.


#23 Easier, but not better

by sacolcor

Sunday August 26th, 2001 9:20 PM

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To take this logic to its conclusion, it would be certainly be /easier/ for developers if every user used the same browser, operating system, and other technologies. You'd have one manual on "How to code the Microsoft way", and everyone would have to follow it.

Would this be a better world? I doubt it. De facto control over technological standards allows MS to keep competitors out of its markets. Without competition, there's no incentive for improvement. How much has IE really improved over the last year? How much will it improve over the next unless MS percieves Moz/NS as a possible threat? Much better, IMHO, to have the stanards open, and controlled by a noncommercial third party. Then the various companies can compete on the extra glitz and glitter, rather than creating incompatible versions that give everyone, developers and users, lots of headaches.