More Mozilla RC1 Reviews

Thursday April 25th, 2002

Anonman writes: "c|net's article Don't Miss the Thrilla from Mozilla is quite positive. Their only complaint seemed to be a problem with Mozilla reading a Netscape profile. The reviewers liked Mozilla's quicklaunch, tabbed browsing and price, going so far as to suggest that 1.0 'may actually best its two most powerful competitors.'

The LinuxPlanet review Evaluating Mozilla 1.0 Candidate 1 pits Mozilla against Opera with good results. Opera seems to do slightly better in a couple of his performance tests. The reviewer found that installing Flash and Acrobat plugins was a breeze and concludes with the statemeny: 'I look forward to the production release of Mozilla 1.0 and believe it will be stable, speedy, easy to use and of high value. Linux users would do well to give it a try. '"

UPDATE! NewsForge has a nice little piece from Robin. With tasty bits like "Tabbed browsing is one of those features you don't know you need until you have it. Once you have it and get used to it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it" and "I think we're going to see a lot more positive reviews of Mozilla before long -- and not just in leading-edge tech media, either" this short review is worth a read.

#16 Re: Hmm

by macpeep

Friday April 26th, 2002 3:10 PM

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"The guy is taking a look at netscape 6.0 and basically saying. What a peice of crap, (it was) they could have done much better had they used the old code (they could have). "

Well, no.. not really. He wasn't talking about Netscape / Mozilla in particular but about refactoring vs. rewriting in general. Mozilla was merely used as an example where rewriting has caused a lot of damage business wise - causing a long period of time where Netscape was not able to produce new features in a release version of a product. Rather than rewriting everything, he suggests that a controlled refactoring is a more efficient way of getting the code back in shape.

I don't really have a strong opinion one way or the other but I find the topic very interesting, which is why I came across the article. I wasn't actually looking for articles on Mozilla or Netscape. I was hoping someone here could provide some insight on it, since Lou Montulli seemed to agree with the writer.

By the way, at what point became Mozilla's mission to create a platform for network centric applications rather than be a web browser? At least when the source code was initially released, I seem to recall it was definitely only about being a browser and perhaps an email client too, if license issues with Collabra (and possibly others) could be worked out.