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#27 Re: Mozillaquest

by rkl

Monday August 27th, 2001 6:40 AM

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What makes me laugh about Mike Angelo and his Mozillaquest Web site is:

a) It's like a broken record. He finds very little different to say about Mozilla with each of his articles - it's either "it's got more bugs", "it's being released late" or both. Never mind what new features have gone in or if topcrasher bugs (which are the *important* ones) have been fixed.

b) This guy never actually comments on what it's like to actually use Mozilla in a regular browsing session. He keeps claiming it's too buggy but does he have any real-life examples ? E.g. is Mozilla failing to load (or badly render) one of the Top 100 sites ? Is a regularly-used operation in the browser badly behaving or crashing ? Does the mail client eat his messages or corrupt them ? Not *once* have I seen him actually say that he's used the browser and seen major problems with it. Users consider a browser "buggy" only if they can see the bugs (crashes, bad rendering, misbehaviour) on a regular basis. When I use Mozilla (nightly builds or 0.9.3), I don't seem to have a problem with the sites I visit, so you've got to wonder if Angelo even bothers running the latest releases for more than a few minutes.

c) There's a total obsession with the "1.0" release. This *only* matters for developers really (where we'd see an API freeze). For end-users, it's only pyschological reasons why you'd not use a "0.X" release compared to a "1.0", particularly in such a late stage of Mozilla's "pre-1.0" development as we're in now. It's not as if you "can't" use the 0.9.X releases, which is almost indirectly what Angelo is implying. The fact Mozilla 0.9.3, for example, is already as good as almost every other browser out there (I'd say that start-up speed and memory bloat are the only two bad marks against it now and we know they're being worked on) seems to have been ignored by Angelo.

d) The fact that it's got a parody site at <http://www.mozillaquestquest.com/> surely tells you something's up with the "original" site :-) BTW, anyone else noticed that the parody site serves up text/xml MIME type, which only NS 6.X and Mozilla can load and render inline :-)