'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'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 MarkHB

Friday July 11th, 2003 6:40 AM

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I read the article as implying that the 'cross-platform mistake' (paraphrase) goes farther back than the October 1998 "scrap it all" decision. I think he's saying that marca, Barksdale and company should have been concentrating on Windows exclusively from the day Mosaic Communications Corp. was founded. Look at this paragraph:

<quote> One reason for the lack of progress is that Netscape made some poor decisions before Andreessen left. The company wanted to do a cross-platform browser to run on several operating systems, which is laudable in principle. Unfortunately, it also meant that it wasted its development budget on a small minority of the market, and that its Windows code was awful - as became clear when Netscape went "open source" with the Mozilla project five years ago. </quote>

To my mind, he's referring to the original NSPR / specific front-end design... which was expanded upon in Seamonkey.