Mozilla: The Browser with Everything and the Kitchen Sink

Wednesday February 19th, 2003

For years, many of Mozilla's detractors have complained that Mozilla is too bloated with useless features. "Mozilla has everything but the kitchen sink," they retort. Well they're wrong because the kitchen sink will soon be coming to a Mozilla browser near you!

Makali writes: "A patch for Bug 122411 got a super-review today meaning that Mozilla (and presumably the next release of Netscape) will now have a kitchen sink. While in good humour and a rather cute touch, this does make me wonder how much time developers spend adding features of dubious value to our favourite browser when it still doesn't correctly support HTML 4.01." Makali offers up bug 915 as an example of a long-standing standards-compliance bug. Please remember that this bug, like all bugs, doesn't need to be spammed with useless comments.

#29 RE: Do it yourself..."

by bcortez <>

Thursday February 20th, 2003 3:34 PM

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FYI: The "do it yourself" and "chill out" attitudes come from both here AND the developers comments within Bugzilla.

And they are busy coding...I agree, and I support that effort wholeheartedly (if I didn't care, would I be so frustrated?). However, what they are coding is not as much an issue as what gets added to the codebase. The 10 minutes spent making this decision could have been used to decide on the fix for a real, documented, and fixed bug. There ARE bugs that sit, languishing in the fixed state too y'know. In my professional opinion, devoting 10 minutes to those bugs is more important. Perhaps I'm just more conservative with my time, and like to squeeze every productive minute I can get out of it (if I had more free minutes, maybe I wouldn't care).

But if I'm working on a project as important as I believe the Mozilla effort is, then yes, I get upset when this tpye of thing comes to the surface.