Friday May 31st, 2002

In a newsgroup posting, Dawn Endico says, "The MOZILLA_1_0_RELEASE branch has been cut and while there is some tiny chance that we will need to take further changes, it is highly probable that this is the source we will release as Mozilla 1.0."

Read Dawn's full message for more details. Note that Mozilla 1.0 has not yet been released.

#35 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Best eyecandy yet found

by jsebrech

Tuesday June 4th, 2002 1:44 PM

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I agree the branding isn't very important. The icons don't really bother me anyway, since I use tabs, and don't use mozilla for mail/news. That you promise me that everything is ok regarding the images is comforting. I respect you. I'm still worried about the documentation though.

However, this whole "we don't deal with end users thing", I kindly disagree with it. On one side, I understand. If mozilla devoted resources to end users, not only would it take away development efforts from architecture, but it would also make mozilla seem competition to netscape in the eyes of AOL, and they probably wouldn't like that, since netscape needs to make money.

However, back in reality, improving the architecture is all fine and dandy, but end-users are more helped by small UI improvements than by big architecture improvements, and like it or not the mozilla project is making the UI for both mozilla AND netscape, the supposed end-user product. Look at MacOS <= 9. It sucked architecturally, but people loved it because it's UI rocked.

And also, AOL/Netscape may not want to have mozilla as competition of the netscape browser, but because if their own bad decisions they have _already_ made it so. Netscape 6.x/7 sucks. There's no other way to put it. They took a decent product, and made it crappy. Why would anyone want to use the ad-laden feature-stripped netscape when they could just as well use mozilla and get more features with less problems topped by a better UI?

I'm an end-user, but netscape would have to at least offer me _something_ over mozilla before I started considering it as the end-user product based on mozilla technology. For me mozilla IS the end-user browser. So, this "we only deal with developers" attitude, you can tell it, but I don't have to believe it.