CNET Review of Mozilla 1.0 Release Candidate 2

Monday May 20th, 2002

Ezh pointed us towards a review of RC2 over at CNET. We've been sitting on this for a few days in the hope of getting some more reviews to tell you about but no more seem to have come in. Tell us if you find any.

CNET's latest review, like the RC1 piece, is generally positive. Reviewer Rex Baldazo likes the fact that Java is easier to set up and approves of the new option to disable cookies in Mail & Newsgroups. However, he still hasn't read the bit in the Release Notes that says not to use the same profile with Netscape and Mozilla.

#15 What is needed: a clear design

by johann_p

Tuesday May 21st, 2002 5:37 AM

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There are many different issues involved here: 1) to what extend should profiles from different gecko-based applications be sharable at all? That means: to what extend should the program allow to use such a profile of a different app, provided the user explicitly wishes to do that. I think that profiles of apps that are based on essentially the same build might be reusable and it might be good if the user has the ability to share. However 2) Sharing should *never* be the default. That means, each app should let the user choose whether to create a new profile, upgrade/copy and existing one or share an existing one. Note that sharing also raises the problem of 3) Concurrency: several gecko-based apps or even several instances of the same one must be protected from sharing a profile and must use identical/compatible protocols to do so. 4) This all is connected to one major problem assiciated with profiles: currently it is impossible to specify the location of a profile at startup. The ability to do this would be part of a solution for both deliberately sharing and deliberately not sharing profiles ...