Updated Mac OS X Browser Comparison

Friday January 10th, 2003

Henri Sivonen writes: "With all this Safari hype going on, MozillaZine readers might be interested in how Chimera (and Mozilla) compare with it feature-wise. I've updated my Mac OS X browser comparison to cover the current OS X GUI browsers (excluding the experimental Phoenix and Beonex builds and wKiosk)."

#9 Re: don't forget...

by mozineAdmin

Saturday January 11th, 2003 7:17 AM

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"it might be more useful to try to understand why Apple chose to do what they did, instead of deciding to build this on top of Gecko."

But why? Because Apple makes reasonable decisions? Even 50% of the time? What can actually be learned by trying to understand why Apple is building a browser based on a package other that Mozilla? If we know exactly why Apple chose Konqueror, would that be the best option for company A, B, or C who are looking into creating a browser variant?

Do you think that Apple's decision might have something to do with Netscape and AOL? Apple does like to control things, you know. Could it be that that had something to do with it? Oh no, of course not.

In the end, it could be a lot of things. But what it boils down to is this: Mozilla and Chimera now have new competition on one platform. We can find some semi-official story (look for Paul Festa to do his routine Mozilla bashing any day now in CNet, I'm sure), but to inflate this into a story of a "bad omen" for Mozilla is sensationalistic at best. Here's an extreme counter argument from the other end of the absurdity spectrum: it's a good opportunity for Netscape to drop Mac as a platform. They could hire or shift some programmers to work on gecko, and get rid of the Mac-specific work entirely, or leave it to volunteers. After all, Mac users in the end will only use what Apple gives them. And we know how those Mac programmers love open source - so I expect Mozilla would continue to thrive, don't you?

Mozilla is clawing its way towards a larger acceptance, fighting against a range of naysayers, adversaries, and infants disguised as adults. It can continue to try to compete and produce good products, or the programmers could sit around and twiddle their thumbs and give up. I sorta doubt they're gonna do that. I imagine they're going to do their best to improve Mozilla so that people will continue to want to use it.