'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.

#38 Re: Re: Cross-platform ... the Good, the Bad, and

by Tarraccas

Friday July 11th, 2003 11:51 AM

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> Keep in mind that the whole point of open-sourcing the code was attracting developers... Pretty much all of the core layout developers develop on Linux today. They would never have gotten involved in the project, most of them, if it had been Windows-only. <

If these developers are investing their own resources into the project then it's not from a business standpoint. On the other hand, if a business is investing its resources into the project then there has to be some payback somewhere along the line or else it's a bad business decision ... or a tax writeoff.