New Addition to MozillaZine

Friday May 17th, 2002

Alex Bishop, whom you may recognize from his presence in our forums, has come on board to help keep our news stream flowing. You may have noticed an uptick in postings in the last week - this is all due to Alex's great work. Since I've taken a step back from MozillaZine daily work in general (since the beginning of last year), and since Jason has been bogged down with Mozilla work, we decided we needed to find someone who was informed and interested in promoting Mozilla to help keep MozillaZine current. We think we found the right person in Alex.

As Mozilla approaches 1.0, we're sure that MZ will have a lot of great news to bring to you, and we're delighted that Alex has agreed to help us in that effort.

#1 Great news .. good to see more info coming out

by MentatDev

Friday May 17th, 2002 12:43 PM

I am sure I am not the only one that had seen things slow a bit on Mozillazine and to see more news making it to the Moz Front is refreshing and will certainly get more attention this way.

#2 remember the old days....

by whiprush

Friday May 17th, 2002 12:53 PM

Around the Mileston M1x days ... I swear mozillazine would go 2-3 weeks without an update. Good to see the buzz pick up around here. :)

#3 fetchBuilds

by macpeep

Friday May 17th, 2002 1:30 PM


Last Updated: September 4, 2000 Current Archived Milestone: m17

:) *ahem*

#4 Great News - Thank you Alex

by shipdoc1

Friday May 17th, 2002 1:38 PM

Alex hope you will be able to revitalize the Build Comments. The Build Bar is great for gleanining tips but I have not found it to be a reliable resource re stable nightlies. As a consequence I have downloaded these cutting edge builds much less frequently than I used to and this must be diminishing the quanity if not the quality of feedback.

Anyway once again thanks and good luck to Alex.


#5 Re: Great News - Thank you Alex

by AlexBishop

Friday May 17th, 2002 1:46 PM

Actually, the Build Bar is done by Asa. Being both a member of staff and drivers, he's very busy right now with the upcoming 1.0 release. Hopefully he'll be able to update the comments more regularly again after 1.0 comes out.


#7 Re: Re: Great News - Thank you Alex

by ezh

Friday May 17th, 2002 2:36 PM

Alex, just thanks!

#6 Build Bar

by jcf76

Friday May 17th, 2002 1:47 PM

I'm pretty sure that's Asa who compiles all the info for the build bar, and he's undoubtedly busy doing drivers-stuff for the 1.0 branch. The Builds Forum is kinda useful sometimes; what I miss is Asa posting the list of all the bugs that have been fixed. I know I can do it myself, but I'm lazy ;)

#8 This site should be where everybody comes to...

by peterlairo

Saturday May 18th, 2002 11:08 AM

Please contact Ralph Mellor ( who wioll be doing the marketing work for mozilla.

We should have this be a one-stop-shop for mozilla news / tips / FAQs / and PR.

Places like CNET should *want* to come here to get the latest scoop.

We definetely want to lire CNET and other away from MozillaQuest (

#12 Re: This site should be where everybody comes to..

by DavidGerard

Sunday May 19th, 2002 1:42 PM

I'm writing what will be the raw material for the Mozilla 1.0 Startpage FAQ.

There's a news and advocacy section featuring quite a few sites ;-)

#9 Cool, more postings :) n/t

by Kovu

Saturday May 18th, 2002 6:14 PM


#10 mozilla is slow.... everybody knows

by billi_kid

Sunday May 19th, 2002 7:52 AM

it's true

#11 What are you talking about? n/t

by Benman

Sunday May 19th, 2002 11:46 AM


#16 Re: mozilla is slow.... everybody knows

by zreo2

Wednesday May 22nd, 2002 1:26 AM

Well... it takes alot of memory and it takes some time to start. But if you compare to IE it's pretty much the same. The main difference is that alot of IE functionality starts in the background when windows starts.

And there is a fact that Mozilla:s GUI isn't the fastest in the world. But on the other hand is Mozilla:s GUI very easy to develop in, to maintain etc...

#13 Damn Good Choice

by tny

Monday May 20th, 2002 11:24 AM

Alex B. has been one of the best sources of information in these fora, and I think he'll really help improve the site.

Good luck, Alex.

#14 gecko

by pbreit

Tuesday May 21st, 2002 12:36 AM

So Alex, would everyone except a small fraction of users been better off had Moz focused on the browser and scrapped mail, news, chat and compose? Had to be pretty dense to think that anything beyond gecko would go into AOL. Or is the party line that Moz *had* to produce a full suite in order to carry on from Communicator?

#15 Re: gecko

by AlexBishop

Tuesday May 21st, 2002 7:35 AM

"So Alex, would everyone except a small fraction of users been better off had Moz focused on the browser and scrapped mail, news, chat and compose?"

Well, personally I find the non-Navigator components to be quite useful. And if you're implying that 1.0 would have arrived quicker had just concentrated on Navigator, I don't necessarily agree. Many contributors were attracted to the project because it offered a full suite. People who work on implementing the IMAP protocol probably aren't great layout engineers. And Netscape would have probably cut back their work-force proportionally had the non-browser projects been cancelled (more on that later).

"Had to be pretty dense to think that anything beyond gecko would go into AOL."

Who ever said that anything beyond Gecko would go into the AOL client? And in any case, the point of Project Seamonkey isn't just to make a browser for AOL. It's to make a set of embeddable components for use by many different vendors.

"Or is the party line that Moz *had* to produce a full suite in order to carry on from Communicator?"

As far as I'm concerned, there is no party line. Netscape wanted a successor to Communicator when they released the code. If had abandoned that aim, Netscape probably would have continued working towards it. I believe the policy of is to accept any code that's contributed. Therefore, if Netscape had started working on Mail & Newsgroups and Composer etc. and licensed the code until the MPL, it would have been accepted into the tree (much like Calendar was) and others could have started working on it.