'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.

#7 Cross-platform ... the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by Tarraccas

Thursday July 10th, 2003 6:54 PM

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As as web developer and end-user, cross-platform, standards-compliant Mozilla is a blessing to me in many ways. However, this article is correct in that -- from a business standpoint -- investing significant resources into the development of a product with a small potential user-base and little payback is not good. I do believe that it's important but priority needs to be given to the biggest slice of the pie, at least initially.

With exposure, Gecko-running browsers could dominate I think. I also think that most people use the browser that comes with their OS and rarely, if ever, update the thing (until a new AOL comes out) and probably aren't aware of how much better their online experience could be with an alternative or that alternatives even exist. To me, IE has become the old beater car that Netscape 4.x became; an unfortunate piece of garbage that I must make the sites I develop with Mozilla compatible with because most people use it. Produce a simple-to-use, Gecko-running browser with the ability to automatically self-update it's components unobtrusively, bundle it with popular OS', and watch the market-share swell.