Mail/News Performance Effort Underway
Friday November 2nd, 2001
Seth Spitzer today sent an update out about what the Mail/News team is doing to meet their goals for Mozilla 1.0. They'll be focusing almost 100% of their effort for at least the next two milestones (0.9.7, 0.9.8) on Footprint and Performance of the various parts of Mail, News, and Addressbook. Not only will they be focusing on it, they'll also be locking down their part of the tree and only accepting performance or footprint fixes. Very few exceptions will be made. Click the Full Article link to see Seth's full post.
Sunday November 4th, 2001 11:43 PM
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that's not it. the problem is that because mozilla was scoped to provide all that extraneous stuff (mail, news, edit, skins, chat, etc) they have been disasterously late at getting to 1.0 (and have thus lost the browser battle). rule #1 of software development is scope management and mozilla has failed at that pretty miserably. there are dozens of mail/news/chat/edit clients on every platform. there's no reason for mozilla to build them.
if they had concentrated on building a high performance, standards-compliant, stable, small footprint *browser* there might have been hope. unfortunately, they did the opposite and we're stuck with IE.