'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.
By the way I find it amusing how the article implicitly claims that Mozilla is slow; in fact, even the app suite is generally faster than IE. And I bet he's writing that article on a 1 GHz+ machine with 512MB too...
I don't want to give the impression I'm a brainless Mozilla partisan (because I'm not) or anti-Microsoft (because I'm not), but it's clear that article was pretty much bollocks in pretty much every particular. I like the Guardian as a newspaper but their technology coverage is woefully inadequate and incompetently written - to be fair, the same applies to most other newspapers.
(Oh, and did I misread it, or did that whole single-platform diatribe also neglect to mention that Netscape was *always* cross-platform even before Mozilla? I mean I first used it on Sun and HP workstations...)