'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.

#49 Re: Re: Re: Re: Cross-platform ... the Good, the B

by Tarraccas

Friday July 11th, 2003 11:56 PM

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Again, I'm not suggesting that Mozilla be confined to one OS as the article seems to - I don't agree with that at all. What I do understand, however, is that the greatest market share is currently claimed by Windows with Mac and Linux in distant second and third (correct me if I'm wrong). It follows that the number of potential end users matches these statistics more or less in kind. If I am a business and I'm looking to break even on my investments at the very least then it is important for me to cater to the greatest market share first before tapping other potential markets. This is no less true for those organizations who may seek to use Mozilla as a platform to provide their services through which, in my opinion, is the implied financial value of this project. I heartily agree that diversity is good for business but one step at a time.