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.

#23 Bias

by grahams

Sunday April 28th, 2002 11:08 AM

You are replying to this message

"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 "

The problem with this joker's article is that he cites DBase for Windows and Quattro as failures, but he has no real metric as to successes of rewriting. That's because most companies don't do it in the open, so they rewrite parts of their product, or the whole thing, but the general public never hears of it.

My personal opinion: Rewriting is a very risky proposition, and should be approached with much trepidation... That said, sometimes it is the most efficient way to go. I have worked on software projects where a rewrite produced much better results, and also projects where the rewrite failed miserably... To lay down an edict such as "Things you should never do", well that is just ignorant.