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Progress and Future of Mozilla the Application Suite

Thursday February 6th, 2003

The latest mozilla.org Status Update is all about the progress and future of the Mozilla application suite. Featuring a summary of the improvements since Mozilla 1.0, the update also details the planned work that will be completed over the next few months and outlines some possibilities for the future.


#35 Re: Re: Re: Great!

by oconnorcjo

Friday February 7th, 2003 5:53 PM

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Actually the idea of breaking up the apps is a really GOOD idea. The "Window" menu option should really be an application launcher (where you could add any "mozilla protical compliant/aware" application. It would give the mozilla team a much more narrow scope so that incorporating changes would be a lot easier and simpler. If mozilla used this methodoligy then callendar would already be in the suit as simply as downloading a new theme. No need for approval and the whole mess. Plus you would be able to use callendar without needing mozilla (might be desirable if you prefer to use pheonix for example). My dream of an ideal future mozilla is one in which you could delete "Navigator" from the "Window" menu and simply replace "Navigator" with "Pheonix" without complaint (though I don't use Pheonix, It is a perfect example). Modularizing the package would mean that approval for changes/additions/deletions of functionality would be a whole lot easier because only those concerned about one thing such as "Navigator" don't have to worry about what is going on with the rest of the suite and the rest of the applications don't have to worry about changes in "Navigator" or whatever. This means that if navigator is ready to release a new version, developers don't have to wait for "Mail" and other packages to be ready before releasing it to the public (and vice versa). Just have an update on Mozilla.org stating "Navigator X.X is released. Update Navigator Today" and people would just update "Navigator" in the Mozilla suite. It would allow for the different components that make up "mozilla framework" an opportunity to develope at the pace they desire.