'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.

#37 Crossplatform OK, suite bad

by pbreit

Friday July 11th, 2003 11:44 AM

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Cross-platform was the right way to go, especially because *nix needs a quality browser. The legitimately horrible decision was to create a suite. It's taken Netscape/Moz 5 or 6 years to finally recognize that they should be focusing on a browser, not superfluous, unrelated apps like news, compose, chat and even mail. Firebird demonstrates what's possible when some focus is present and the results are pretty impressive.