MozillaZine

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.


#15 Re: gecko

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Tuesday May 21st, 2002 7:35 AM

You are replying to this message

"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 mozilla.org 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 mozilla.org had abandoned that aim, Netscape probably would have continued working towards it. I believe the policy of mozilla.org 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.

Alex