Windows Build of Minotaur Available on ftp.mozilla.org
Sunday March 30th, 2003
DJGM writes: "The first fully compiled Minotaur binary is now available on Mozilla's FTP servers. For those that haven't already seen it, this build can be downloaded from http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/minotaur/. So far, there's only a build for Windows, but I'm sure builds for other OSes will follow pretty soon. It appears to be based upon the Moz1.3b builds numbered 20030313, and has the identifier 'Minotaur/0.1a' on the end of its user agent string. It uses the old Netscape 4.x style Classic theme, and so far I haven't been able to get it to change to the Modern theme. Mind you, this is only a very early build, so I'm sure that theme switching will be fully implemented in the near future. Anyway, if you wanna try it, the URL's there, so go grab a copy!"
#12 Another good reason...
Sunday March 30th, 2003 6:14 PM
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Look how fair Phoenix has come being a separate application from Mozilla. Customizable toolbars, new theme that is very nice to look at, reorganized UI, new options window, and much faster performance. With this working model, Mozilla could possibily incorporate these changes in the future. Some are starting to make their way into Mozilla right now.
The same thing can happen with Minotaur. Get a simplified UI, faster performance, better organization, and more. Strip what isn't needed and keep what is needed.
I have always believed the best applications are those who stick to exactly what they need to do and provide some way to expand on what the application can do if needed. Phoenix was able to accomplish so much because it didn't have to worry about tying into the e-mail component. Minotaur can concentrate on being the best e-mail client it can be and not something that has to tie into Mozilla's browser/composer.
This allows a user to download exactly what they need and have an optimized product. Someone who is a huge IE fan but hates Outlook Express has a choice that might satisfy them. They don't have to download a browser they don't need (Mozilla), they can just download Minotaur. Maybe Minotaur will have such a good impression on this user that they decide to check out a Mozilla-based browser like Phoenix.
Separate processes are great and all, but separate dedicated applications based on what Mozilla can do will only improve the whole Mozilla effort. There is much more then separate processes when it comes to this decision.