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.
#26 Re: The problem is with the productized versions
Monday July 29th, 2002 5:04 PM
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"I think the real problem here is not with Mozilla, but with the productized versions derived from it: you should be telling the end-user product vendors that you want their product to be more like Mozilla, rather than asking Mozilla to act more like a end-user product vendor. Ultimately the average end-user should prefer the productized version, because it is giving them more value. If it isn't giving more value, then there's a product design problem that needs to be addressed."
Now there's a thought! My Dad is seriously fed up with his NS 4.79 (for obvious reasons) and has started using IE more, so I gave him NS 6.2.2 (he's still using 4.79's messenger). If I remember correctly, it nagged us to register during startup, planted AIM everywhere, had unnecessary buttons taking up screen space which I couldn't get rid off easily and lacked tabbed browsing and "annoyances off" (popup windows, mainly) features.
These, I guess, are some of the reasons why Asa preferred to install Mozilla for his mom, and it's what I would have done for my dad had I known there is a German version available.
I do see why Netscape doesn't want us to switch off popups, I do see there's a necessity for them to make money off of this somehow and I do see why their releases take longer than mozilla.org's do. But me understanding all this doesn't make my dad (or me even) want to use the new Netscape. We do not perceive the overall experience as superior to IE. Mozilla's clearly is, though. Because of the little things that it lacks (shopping buttons, unnerving AIM, ...) and has (tabbed browsing, "annoyances off" options) in comparison to NS and IE -- it's just perfect.
I don't think AOL is doing itself a favour, because these things really do matter and they keep people from falling in love with an otherwise awesome product and that in turn keeps them from spreading the word (which they do for mozilla). It's why you see articles encouraging end users to use Mozilla rather than Netscape, it's the reason why all the Linux vendors bundle Mozilla rather than Netscape (as the other guy likes to point out).
If someone takes the time to download and install Netscape (s)he should be rewarded with the best imaginable browser rather than a crippled advertising pillar.
They can still nag users on machines bundled with NS and count on those users generally not even thinking about getting an alternative. But those end users "daring enough" to download and install an alternative, curious as to how it will feel compared to IE, actively evaluating the product? They deserve better!!
Whom at Netscape do I have to tell? ;)