Salon on Mozilla

Tuesday March 12th, 2002

A number of people have submitted this article, and while it's not really news, it's just another example of how Mozilla is starting to win people over. This is also beneficial to the evangelism efforts going on.

#16 And it\'s much more than a browser.

by ryampolsky <>

Wednesday March 13th, 2002 5:03 PM

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Many people have complained about Mozilla getting too ambitious with their XUL, XPCOM, etc. Arguably, that accounts for a big chunk of that 4-year development process, and maybe we would have been better served with a quicker, less ambitious project.

But then again, mainstream Windows users were going to get herded into IE either way. And with AOL having been railroaded into a multi-year contract to use IE in order to get that desktop icon placement, a quick Mozilla might not really have done much to stem the tide.

But now that Mozilla\'s getting really great and AOL\'s getting ready to break their IE habit, how much better is it going forward to have 1 code base that builds for many platforms? I\'d say quite a bit.

Plus, if Mozilla gets some healthy mainstream respect, that means there\'s a hefty chunk of GPL\'d middleware that anybody can use to build cross-platform applications of any kind. Nothing to sneeze at.

So it all comes down to whether a quick Netscape 5.0 would have saved them from oblivion. And with AOL tied up on the sidelines, I\'m not so sure it would. But a newly unburdened AOL stands the best chance of catapulting NS6.3 right back where it needs to be. After all, all that\'s needed is enough market share to keep developers coding to the standards and plug-in developers supporting NS.