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.
Tuesday November 6th, 2001 8:45 PM
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Mike, those are excellent points and I agree with many of them.
For me, what it comes down to are:
1) Feb 2002 will be the 4th anniversary of Mozilla and it doesn't look like 1.0 will be ready by then. That's a long time to get to 1.0.
2) because IE is so thin (especially when compared to Moz), it feels like it's everywhere. Lots of apps embed it as a rendering engine. When you're looking at a directory listing in windows you can just type in a URL in the address bar, etc. Moz, on the other hand continues the old paradigm of a monolithic app. There should be no concept of "start up time". A window should just open with a view into the net.
3) Moz's biggest opportunity is replacing IE in AOL client. This won't happen until it is performing extremely well. Further, when/if it happens, it will be gecko only. No mail. No news. No chat. No compose. No skins. My beleif is that Mozilla's insistence on including these superfluos components suggests that it really is independent from AOL/TW.
So while I disagree on a number of points, your message was refreshing.