Full Article Attached Mozilla Minotaur Project Formally Launched

Monday March 24th, 2003

In a newsgroup posting, Scott MacGregor has formally announced the launch of Minotaur, a project to create a stand-alone mail client based on the Mozilla suite's Mail & Newsgroups component. While Minotaur will have largely the same feature set as Mail & Newsgroups, it will sport a simpler and more customizable user interface, much like the Phoenix redesign of the Mozilla browser. The revitalised Minotaur project combines the work of both the original Minotaur effort — which aimed to build a stand-alone version of Mail & Newsgroups — with that of Thunderbird, an enterprise intended to create a mail client to accompany Phoenix.

#17 Re: I don't get it

by jilles

Tuesday March 25th, 2003 12:48 PM

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I actually use phoenix because it offers a better set of features than standard mozilla. The UI just feels more balanced. It seems people actually stopped to think what end users would like to see in a browser. It would be nice if the original mozilla would evolve in a similar way but development there seems to focus more on the non browser components (not that strange if you consider that the phoenix people also work on mozilla).

As soon as this mail client gets stable I might just give it a try. The main problem I've always had with mozilla mail was that it couldn't be launched in a separate process. Unlike my browser, my mail client must run permanently and keep checking for new messages. It would be nice if minotaur would share dlls and other reusable stuff with phoenix though. They could even be distributed together. Just as long as they run in separate processes.