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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.


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by Racer

Thursday July 10th, 2003 2:25 PM

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The article claims that Mozilla should have been written as "a tightly written ActiveX control for Windows, but didn't" and as a result Mozilla is slow resulting in "Apple adopt(ing) the smaller, faster, KHTML browser engine.

I assert that had Mozilla been ActiveX only, many of the largest supporters (and, more importantly, developers), wouldn't have gotten interested in Mozilla in the first place. It would still be less used than IE and would NOT have the major support it has from other OSes - Linux being the most noticable.

Its good to see an article talking about Mozilla Firebird and such, but there really isn't any substance to the article. I mean, saying that Firebird "could make Microsoft's offerings look very shabby indeed" is like saying Linux COULD one day take over the desktop - something very possible but being pure speculation based on the assumption that Microsoft doesn't have a alternative in the works.