DevX Review of Mozilla Firebird
Wednesday June 4th, 2003
#10 Re: No More DevX for me, ever
Thursday June 5th, 2003 8:23 AM
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I think it comes to a decision here, that was made years ago, since Mozilla was created: to build a standards compliant browser or a market winner. Though, they're not necesessarily exclusive each other, this decission should be clear for Mozilla users and deployers.
I am aware of this in using Mozilla, so I know that I "must" keep IE in my PC in order to run some applications, specifically Cognos Powerplay Web and Changepoint. Like this there may be hundreds of applications which have and will be designed to be used exclusively with IE, because that's what companies (customers) have. And unlike Mozilla community, they're not romantique knights against the evil dragon. Instead, they're ready to roast some marshmallows in the dragon's fire.
So. I say: be happy with Mozilla, but don't expect to be within a majority too soon, neither to gain market share significantly.
Only if, as I mentioned yesterday and as many other people has noticed, PR is created for Mozilla and let companies know the strengths of Mozilla:
- free - more powerful out of the box - fully customizable as it is open source - cross platform - absolutely non dependant on the OS (whichever)
PR must be able to find practical (monetary) value to these strengths, sinergize with other open source initiatives (say OpenOffice.org) and show to corporate consumers a product that is better indeed.
As for ActiveX support. I think a strategical movement would be to take the time to check the most important web applications (in terms of market share) and technologies (like ActiveX) that doesn't support Mozilla, and see exactly what Mozilla is "missing" to get these to work. Why market share is important? Because, in the long term, only market share will stop Microsoft or some other gorilla to decide one day to make a crossplateform IE 7, with tabbed browsing, and all the features you may dream, just by hiring a troop of developers, even some from Mozilla team (this is the real world), crushing Mozilla, like it did with Netscape.
Because the ideal is a standards compliant WWW, some day the market will have to be taken from MS, so Mozilla must be prepared for the gorilla cry.