Major Roadmap Update Centers Around Phoenix, Thunderbird; 1.4 Branch to Replace 1.0; Changes Planned for Module Ownership Model
Wednesday April 2nd, 2003
In the most radical change to the Mozilla project since the late 1998 decision to rewrite much of the code, mozilla.org today announced a major new roadmap proposal that will see Phoenix and Thunderbird (also known as Minotaur) becoming the focus of future development. According to the roadmap, 1.4 is likely to be the last milestone of the traditional Mozilla suite and the 1.4 branch will replace the 1.0 branch as the stable development path. mozilla.org is also proposing changes to the module ownership model including a move towards stronger leadership and the removal of mandatory super-review in some cases. Please click the Full Article link to read the full analysis.
Can't agree more, when I read of stand alone calendar, my immediate thought was "That's weird", there are tons of stand alone calendards for both Linux and Windows (and probably Macs), but they are useless if they are not in the suite with the rest of the PIM solutions.
I believe that if calendar is used, then it should be part of Minotaur not Phoenix (Mozilla), and it should be tightly integrated not just a hanging secondary program. I think that calendar should be part of what will be Mozilla mail aplet that sits in tray in windows/kde and checks your POP3/IMAP boxes and at the same time notifies of scheduled events. Any other solution is useless imho, I need to be notified of events even if I don't have a full program running, the same about e-mails. I want to be able to share my calendar via e-mail. So recepient can add my events to his/her calendar...
I think that OutlookXP is near perfection suite, however some 9 month ago I've moved to Mozilla mail, because I liked some of the features. However, if tomorrow OOo will release their Outlook clone (which they unfortunately don't have any plans to do) I would instantly move into it, since for mail/calendar/address book I need integrated solution.