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.

#38 Re: HTML bugs?

by bcortez <>

Friday February 21st, 2003 7:44 AM

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Yes, I agree MSIE has it's own set of bugs (believe me, I know). However, the fact that Microsoft essentailly has a lock on approx. 90% of the browser market overshadows its own bugs. This is the reason Mozilla code must be "better, stronger, faster" than MSIE.

This market dominnce by MSIE is a major hurdle that I know Mozilla could overcome (I try to preach this to anyone who will listen on a daily basis). However, when I see this type of thing being added to the codebase, I have to respond to corporate customer questions about it. They view this type of thing as frivoluos and only gives Microsoft more clout to say something to the effect, "see, this Mozilla/Netscape browser is just a toy, a plaything for the geeks of the world. We build MSIE for you (corporate industry), we're serious, they are not."

I say, why give them even a smidgen of FUD to bash Mozilla with? This is the way corporate management (who, lets face it, pay the IT bills) view browsers now. They want, and are continually demanding, new applications be browser-based. And they DONT want to support a browser they "think" is branded a toy. I have to correct these folks EVERY DAY on this misconception.

Please, give me a break, I'm on Mozilla's side (and would hate to stop).