ExtremeTech Preview of Phoenix

Monday December 30th, 2002

ExtremeTech has a glowing preview of Phoenix. The article, which appears to be based on the 0.5 release, highlights Phoenix's small size and uncluttered interface. Tabbed browsing, multiple home pages and the search bar are discussed as well. They also included a screenshot of MozillaZine, which makes us like this review even more.

Thanks to the_village_treky for the news.

#16 Mozilla IS the Platform

by bandido

Tuesday December 31st, 2002 2:42 PM

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Phoenis IS a browser, Mozilla is THE platform. I don't get why some people insist otherwise. That is why the developers have mentiones a zilion time sthat Mozilla is not meant for "individual" (what they refer to as end-users) Their end-users are ISV and oher end-user oriented developers. There is just one Mozilla, it's a suite with all components (browser, Composer, Mails/News, etc) integrated in a way that they share resources (gecko, javascript engine, XUL framework, etc.) The whole thing is THE platform. As per the article you mentioned in the link "Mozilla is not just a Web browser. Mozilla is also a framework for building cross-platform applications using standards such as CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), XML languages such as XUL (XML-based User-interface Language), XBL (eXtensible Binding Language), and RDF (Resource Description Framework), as well as Gecko, Mozilla's rendering engine, and other technologies. " Please notice that the article say that Mozilla is not "just" a browser but ALSO a framework ..." The same way, Mozilla is not just Mail/News or just Composer in the same way that MS Office is not just MS Word. (BTW, unlike Mozila, MS positions MS Office as both an end-user product and as a platform. That is their choice and they have the resources to do both things)

I reaffirm what i mentioned previously. I also add that Phoenix is a subset of Mozilla with optimizations and features that are particular and relevant to it's design goals (a browser). In no way Phoenix takes away the importance and relevance of Mozilla (THE development suite).

2 additional cents .. make it four cents now ;-)