Joel "on Software" Spolsky Switches to Mozilla Firebird
Sunday June 1st, 2003
James Tikalsky writes: "Joel Spolsky has switched to Mozilla Firebird. Having used Netscape's decision to rewrite the browser code from scratch as an example of what not to do for years, it's nice to see that he can give credit just as well as he can dish criticism. He also has a suggestion for the development team: 'My highest priority would be to implement Mozilla as a COM control that supports the same embedding interfaces as IE, so that the AOL programmers can switch to Gecko.'" Joel notes that Adam Lock is already working on a Mozilla ActiveX control.
In case you've never heard of the guy, Joel Spolsky is a software developer living in New York. He's worked for Microsoft in the past and today runs his own company called Fog Creek Software. He has his own weblog, Joel on Software, where he regularly writes about software project management issues.
For a corporate Windows user two much-needed features have only turned up very recently.
MF 0.6 is the first proper Mozilla release to include both NTLM authentication (which Joel mentions) and the ability to save profiles to a UNC path (or to a path that is redirected to UNC) both of these are massively important to big Windows-based companies.
So I don't think it is just the UI which has swayed Joel. I know until those two features were added we couldn't even consider rolling any Mozilla variant out to any of our few thousand users at work.