Mozilla Still Good After 32 Days

Saturday July 27th, 2002

Timothy Dyck began using Mozilla about a month ago and he hasn't looked back since. In an opinion piece, the eWEEK journalist describes his favourite features and outlines some improvements he'd like to see in future versions.

#18 Re: What does think of thi

by flacco

Monday July 29th, 2002 12:13 AM

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>> If some end user wants to pick up Mozilla and drop IE I think to myself "great!" But the minute their testing value is outweighed by the time they cost in support and maintenance I change my mind and I no longer think "great!" [...] Think of mozilla as a technology organization. Remember that 3M commercial? "We don't make the things you buy. We make the things you buy better." <<

I look at this slightly differently - I do NOT expect end-user support for Mozilla; what I'm more concerned about - as a Mozilla user - is that Mozilla continue to exist in its current basic form, as a browser/mail/etc client.

The Mozilla browser is described as an "Internet technology demonstration" or something like that, whose only purpose is to showcase the technology. That wording worries me. What if the developers decide that an on-line Internet game platform with IRC chat and scoring pages served up via HTML is a better "technology demonstration" than a browser? Will they throw away the Mozilla Browser?

The only "support" I'm interested in as an end-user is a commitment to continue to produce a browser with this technology. Not a 100% guarantee or anything - just a general understanding that Mozilla-the-Browser will not be cavalierly discarded in favor of some other implementation of the technology, leaving those who do use it as their primary browser out in the cold.