Phoenix 0.5 Update
Saturday November 2nd, 2002
Blake Ross has posted a message to the Phoenix General forum that includes details about Phoenix 0.5. The 0.5 release will take a little longer than previous milestones because the developers see it as a "transition milestone" that begins the push towards 1.0. Post-0.5, the team plans to select a new default theme, icon and logo and also set up a new Phoenix website.
#3 a month ago..
Sunday November 3rd, 2002 2:11 AM
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.. I was laughing when people were going "Phoenix is going to be the real IE killer". And yes, I had tried it and tested it.. Yesterday, I installed the nightly build and quickly replaced the default theme with Qute (I *hate* Orbit's icons for some reason.. probably the colors and the stop-button that seems so out of place) and I must say I was extremely positively surprised. With a more neutral default theme that nobody will hate (something along the lines of Mozilla's Classic, Qute or Luna) and all the missing features (such as the password manager UI, missing preferences options etc.) and a liiiitle bit more stability and we're having a *real* killer app on our hands!
Now the question becomes, how do we get the rest of the world to find out? I've always followed Netscape and Mozilla closely, even before Netscape's first 1.0 release back in 1994 (or 1995 or whatever). And even I was very sceptical about Phoenix, even with my knowledge about who was working on the project and what the goals of it were (which are goals that I agree with 100%). Perhaps there's some need for some really distinct separate branding from Mozilla. Basically, I'm suggesting that a really clear Phoenix brand be established, naturally so that it's clear that it's based on Mozilla, but so that there's a clear website to go to and link to when some site does a review of Phoenix and people come looking for more information. This hypothetical site would not be in the form of a zine but more along the lines of a traditional company software product web page.