Mozilla 1.0 Release Rated Most Significant Event of 2002

Saturday January 11th, 2003

Our final poll of 2002 asked you to pick out the most significant event of the year. Of the 2,454 people who voted, a little over half (52%) thought it was the release of Mozilla 1.0. The start of the Phoenix project was the next most popular option, favoured by 18%. With a 10% vote share, the release of Netscape 7.0 just managed to beat the personal epiphany 9% of you experienced when you realised that pressing Ctrl+L (Mac: Cmd+L) moves the focus to the Location Bar. Next up was the launch of the Chimera project, which received 3% of the vote. The two Gecko-based clients released by AOL in 2002 got roughly equal numbers of votes, with AOL for Mac OS X (2%) narrowly beating CompuServe 7.0 (2%). Finally, 23 of you (0%) didn't like any of the options on the list.

For our next poll, we'd like to know what you think about Safari. That's Safari. One more time, for those of you who think we're ignoring it, Safari. Let us know what you think about Apple's new KHTML-based browser and watch the latest results to see if others agree.

#15 I think some people may be missing the point

by PaulB <>

Sunday January 12th, 2003 6:21 PM

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"Safari is a waste". Not really. A year ago Apple needed a new browser since ac IE was not that great and who knew when Microsoft would produce a new version for the Mac. The internet is important and Apple knew if it was to compete it had to have a quality browser. Looking around at the various possibilities Omni, and Mozilla would have shown the most promise at the time. Omni did not cover all the bases in terms of standards. Mozilla/Netscape 6 (at the time) handled standards better, but this was right at the time thatMozilla for OS X was considering transitioning from the CFM build to the MachO and the Chimera project was still in the planning stages. It was risky for Apple to sit and wait for either of these two projects to produce the quality browser required for OS X. Apple wanted a browser that was "best of breed" and a year ago that wasn't Omni or Mozilla. Apple also wanted a browser which used a fully native GUI. At the time, it was felt that KHTML was the easiet project to tap into and accomplish their goal, even with the amount of work required to beef up the standards of KHTML.

I am of the opinion that it Apple was beginning their browser project today, they might have choosen either Mozilla for both their iMail and Safari projects or Chimera. I still believe that Apple may choose to use some software based on Gecko. From what I have heard their are many aspects of mozilla which are superior to Safari and iMail. I remeber that in the days of System 7 and System 8 Apple included both IE and Netscape on the instalation disks. I believe this might happen again once Mozilla completes the transition from the CFM to the MachO version for OS X.

Apple needed a replacement for IE and could not wait on the sidelines for this to happen. Sure they could have assisted the OS X Mozilla or chimera project. But they felt by so doing it would take longer to produce Safari. As Chimera improves in quality, I believe it possible that Apple might take another look at it. As Mozilla improves and the mail spam filters are turned on, apple will be watching. Safari may have been produced to fulfil a temporary void. If the Mozilla project continues to improve its browsers for OS X I expect Apple may seriously consider making some Gecko based browser its default browser or at least include it as an alternative to Safari on the instalation CD.