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.
#25 Re: please
Monday November 5th, 2001 2:49 AM
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Knowing what the response will be, I'll answer some of your comments before the mob gets you. (It can be ugly.. I've been there..)
Some of the stuff (the IRC client is a great example) is coded by volunteers who are only doing this because they cared about that particular feature. It's not like a lack of IRC client would have meant more resources to work on the web browser part. On the other hand, added features ALWAYS mean added risk and more testing, so stuff like that DO have a resource cost and you are definitely right about the scope management. Keep in mind though that the IRC client isn't even in Netscape 6.x (at least I don't think it is...) so the cost of that hasn't been too tremendous.
As far as "being stuck with IE" goes.. I don't know.. I don't care about all the politics of "Microsoft sucks and should be destroyed" and all that crap. To me, there are a number of web browsers all with their positive and negative sides. Currently in my score card, IE has the #1 spot bug Mozilla is closing in fast. I don't feel that I'm "stuck" with IE. I kinda like it.. The UI is simple, the browser is VERY fast and extremely stable. I have always had the latest version of IE as soon as they got out, ever since 5.0 and I really have only had a handful of browser crashes on all three computers (all Win2K boxes) that I use on a daily basis at work and at home (plus Pocket IE on my Compaq iPAQ) over the time span of something like 2-3 years. And never have the crashes taken down the entire OS or even shell like so many people claim. I've seen that on Win98 though.. but that's a toy OS anyway.