'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.
That *is* a joke, right?
Sure, it could happen eventually, but even if Linux had usability comparable to Windows or Mac (at present it is nowhere NEAR that, but let's just pretend) then it would take a lot longer than 5 years to override Microsoft's absolute dominance.
There's far more hope of change on the browser front, because anyone can easily switch browser without - for example - having to change all your core office software to an alternate version that's of worse quality and isn't entirely compatible with your old documents. Even there, I don't see Gecko-based browsers taking over from IE in five years. (But, getting say 10-15% would be nice, on top of anything AOL might-but-probably-won't do...)
I agree that cross-platform support is great and the article was bollocks, but if you think Linux will take over from Windows on the desktop in five years then you're living in a dream world. Take a small share? Maybe; there's no sign of it yet but Linux is constantly improving. Take over? No.