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.

#26 Re: I don't get it

by xander

Tuesday March 25th, 2003 5:52 PM

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I think Phoenix has a lot of promise, but I still prefer Mozilla over it. Mostly because it just seems "unfinished", which it is. I suspect that things will improve as Phoenix nears 1.0, but for now I'm sticking with Mozilla.

The two things I like most about Phoenix are the customizable toolbar and the google search. I wish Mozilla would adopt those two features. :)

Phoenix is also faster... it loads faster and browses faster.

As for Minotaur, that's one thing I really don't get. Of course I don't even use the Mozilla mail & news client. I use Outlook for all my email. I used to love the old Netscape messenger, but I'm not too crazy about Mozilla mail and news.

However, I guess there's a demand for it. A lot of people seem interested in the project.

but you know what? It doesn't matter if we get it or not. There's always room for new projects. and in the end they help improve eachother... Like with Phoenix, I'm sure some of the UI elements will eventually make it into Mozilla. and of course Phoenix is built on the latest Mozilla code base. And I suspect that Minotaur will help improve Mozilla mail & news by adding new features and improvements. So it's all good. :)