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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.


#71 Re: Redistribution

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Thursday March 14th, 2002 11:02 PM

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I'm assuming you don't know what led to Compaq shipping Netscape 6.x on some of it's machines. I can tell you that it had nothing to do with mpt's top 10 usability issues with the possible, but probably not, exception of #2 (and it's hardly novel to say that performance is something that needs to improve).

If you really think that usability is the reason that more ISPs or OEMs aren't shipping Mozilla-based products then you don't know much about the current market.

Gecko is growing as a presence on the web. Things are really starting to look much better. I'm excited about this. Hopefully the gecko user agent will continue to grow in marketshare. I believe that the Compaq distribution and other oportunities for commercial distribution/bundling are going to have a great impact but I sure don't think that chasing after mpt's top10 usabiliy items (again, with the exception of perf) does much to get us there sooner. It's just not nearly the deciding factor that stability, footprint, memory usage, performance, content compatability and a handful of other factors are.

I'm not saying we should't be making improvements to usability. I happen to think (quite differently from mpt) that we've made huge strides in this area over the last year. The user feedback I've read suggests that I'm not alone in thinking this. We need to keep making it better all of the time but it's not going to make the difference that mpt and you seem to think.

--Asa