'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.

#54 There is some merit to that

by YFan

Sunday July 13th, 2003 2:01 AM

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Well actually, if you think about it, there is some merit to the idea. All it would really take is to have manufacturers or resellers load Netscape (not Mozilla, since mozilla is for a little more advanced users) and hide access to IE on the machines they make/sell. And they can now do that without any retaliation from microsoft, as that was much of what the Microsoft settlement with the federal govt. said. And if on top of that AOL decides to use its own browser (Netscape) rather than paying M$ to be able to use theirs, Gecko can gain dominance withing a few years.

These are big 'if's, but if you think about it, not impossible or even that hard to do.