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.
#24 Re: please
Monday November 5th, 2001 2:38 AM
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Mozilla is Mozilla. Duh! From Mozilla we have various products like Sea Monkey, the "browser suite" as Mike Angelo would say. That's in theory a reference implementation, tho it's a little silly to say that since Netscape 6.x and Mozilla have about 99.999999% in common. There are also other products based on Mozilla tho. K-Meleon and Galeon are lightweight browser-only products based on Mozilla - not on Sea Monkey. Also, if and when AOL will at some point ditch IE in favor of Mozilla, you'll likely to see a very "different" incarnation of Mozilla code than Sea Monkey.
Personally, I think Sea Monkey is very, very close to the ideal browser. I still use Netscape 4.7x for email even though I've ditched Communicator for web browsing years ago in favor of IE. Sea Monkey seems like both a great browser and a great email & news client if only some of the bugs would be ironed out. I don't care all that much about the editor part but then again, since it's needed for other than just a stand alone editor, I don't mind really. And hey! If it becomes good enough, it could even be used as a word processor.
For me, the "form factor" (yes, I'm using this term outside of its actual meaning) is great. I'm sure many agree. I don't mind if the web browser is stand alone either, but then I need a separate good email client and at the moment, the best one I've found is Netscape Communicator 4.7x. If the two would be in the same app, that would just be an added bonus IMHO since it would mean faster switching between the two apps and more seamless integration for things like clicking on mailto: links etc.
The only problem I have with Mozilla at the moment is the lack of UI quality. Before, it was a performance, stabilty and polish problem. Now, I think mostly it's just a polish problem.
Maybe 5 more months... Maybe 5 more milestones...