Most MozillaZine Poll Respondents in Favour of New Roadmap Proposals

Tuesday April 15th, 2003

Our most recent poll questioned you about your thoughts on the new Mozilla Development Roadmap. 1,935 people answered with the majority being in favour of the plans. 58% are fully supportive of the proposals, while 30% are generally supportive but have some reservations. 4% of respondents describe themselves as neutral, 5% are generally opposed but like some of the new ideas and just 1% say they are completely opposed.

Yesterday, the new name for Phoenix was revealed to be Firebird. Vote in our latest poll to tell us what you think of the name and watch the current results to see what others say.

#13 Could someone explain why this is a good thing

by witbrock

Thursday April 17th, 2003 7:51 AM

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I'm having a great deal of difficulty understanding why this Firebird thing is supposed to be a good idea. After many years of loyal suffering, it's finally been the case over the last (very few) months that mozilla achieved both stability and (marginal) feature superiority over IE for end users.

The primary justification for throwing that away, rather than continuing the excellent recent work that is moving Mozilla towards being a completely usable browser seems to me "bloat", which I take to mean memory footprint.

As a (sophisticated) end user, I don't give a toss about memory foot-print. What I do care about is being able to continue to run my DTHML applications, and read my mail, in a stable steadily evolving/improving environment. I certainly don't want to spend hours downloading and installing buggy extensions, and to contemplate millions of other ordinary users having to do the same thing, just to get a (maybe) working browser with mail, composer and the DOM inspector. And extensions will multiply the opportunity for unforseen interaction bugs (I offer as an example the current spellcheck extension, which has never been trustworthy, or the calendar extension, which has never been integrated enough (with, e.g. mail, or scheduled page checks) to be useful).

I'm somewhat sympathetic to programmer desires to simplify their task. Perhaps the new roadmap will do that without causing massive feature regressions. I have to say, though, that after patiently holding on to the hope of a stable, evolving, trustworthy alternative to the MS products, I'm beginning to lose faith; the moment a new "mozilla" does anything untoward with my email, I'm likely to hold my nose, take a deep breath breath, and switch to outlook and IE. (And continuing to use current versions isn't an option - they don't work correctly - I was holding on in the previously-well founded hope that they were starting to).

Perhaps these fears are misplaced. Perhaps a smooth transition that doesn't absolutely destroy reliabilty, feature continuity and useablility can be managed and I won't even notice the change over. I hope so, but I fear the opposite.