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'The Guardian' Recommends Mozilla Firebird/Thunderbird, Criticises Mozilla Development Decisions

Thursday July 10th, 2003

Ian Deeley and A Wood both wrote in to tell us that today's edition of The Guardian, the UK broadsheet newspaper, features a column by Jack Schofield that recommends Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird. The article states that "Mozilla's Firebird browser and Thunderbird standalone mail software could make Microsoft's offerings look very shabby indeed." The bulk of the rest of the feature critically examines Netscape's and mozilla.org's browser development decisions (it is particularly damning of the team's cross-platform aspirations) and discusses Microsoft's plans to abandon development of the standalone version of Internet Explorer. Readers of the print edition of The Guardian can find the column on page 22 of the Life/Online supplement.


#11 Should Netscape have abandoned its code?

by tseelee

Thursday July 10th, 2003 7:55 PM

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I know it's been argued ad nauseam, but Guardian may have brought up one correct point: the time it took Netscape/Mozilla to rewrite everything from the ground up gave away a piece of the market that it couldn't have afforded to lose. Assuming that Netscape 7.0 was the first usable version of Gecko for the public, we lost 4 years of competition. Could the code have been so bad?