Minutes of the mozilla.org Staff Meeting of Wednesday 9th April 2003
Monday April 14th, 2003
The minutes of the mozilla.org staff meeting of Wednesday 9th April 2003 are now online. Issues discussed include 1.4 Beta, 1.3.1, the new Roadmap, the future of the Mozilla suite and Mozilla documentation. Unfortunately, the notes from the April 2nd staff meeting got lost, so those minutes will not be published.
#1 In other news...
by willll <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monday April 14th, 2003 9:34 PM
The Mozilla browser will be discontinued as the developers lost the source.
#2 Web Development
Monday April 14th, 2003 9:49 PM
Hello, I could give a hand if you guys go down the PHP/MySQL or PostgreSQL road. Is there a contact point for the website stuff?
The discussion seems to be taking place in n.p.m.seamonkey, in between people complaining about the roadmap.
Has some serious bug been discovered with 1.3 like the situation with 1.2? I thought 1.3 was supposed to be a "dead-end" release while we expected to see 1.4.1, 1.4.2, etc.
No, there are no _new_ discoveries in 1.3. We knew when we shipped it that we had a problem with XPInstall on Mac OS X (it was not working so we disabled it). Now we have the fix and we're going to do a 1.3.1 so that Mac users can have XPIs and themes without having to wait for 1.4.
I tell you what needs to be done with the Web site; it needs to show the world what Mozilla can do. I remember back when Netscape 6 PR1 came out, they had this FANTASTIC start screen where a big number 6 rolled/faded in from the left and you could see effects like water reflections. Currently the site is as basic as it could possibly be. That's fine, well, and good, but it's also boring and does nothing to show the world what Mozilla can do for browsing.
Is this <http://www.mozilla.org/start/1.0/demos.html> not good enough?
It'd settle for it making _information_findable_. The glitzy stuff is not nearly as important....
Too true, the front page is built far too much with existing users/contributors in mind.
The only part of the page that says what the product "Mozilla" is ("Mozilla is an open-source web browser and toolkit, designed for standards compliance, performance and portability"), is hidden down in a small sidebar on the RHS of the page, and there's nothing mentioning the philosophy or goals of mozilla.org, or what other software and tools Mozilla.org have created/distributed (eg Gecko, Bugzilla, Rhino etc).
The problem is that a newbie who's been told there's this great thing called Mozilla that all the cool kids use, is likely to be scared off by talk of Mozilla Parties, Roadmaps, Geckos, Hacking and source long before they spot the description and download links of the browser.