'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.

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

by Tarraccas

Friday July 11th, 2003 12:26 PM

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As I mentioned before, I think cross-platform development is important. However, I think it's not necessarily practical from a business standpoint to develop for every obscure OS at the same time. There has to be some specific priorities.

The point of the article is that it's taken a really long time to produce this cross-platform browser and seems to imply that this is indicative of poor planning and was/is ultimately a bad business decision to dump money into such a small market (the not-so-major OS'). Cross-platform is great but how extensive and at what cost? I must say that I'm very happy that Mozilla is not confined to one OS but I understand what the article is driving at even if I don't fully agree.