'PC Pro' Columnist Recommends Mozilla Firebird
Saturday August 30th, 2003
jgraham writes: "The UK magazine PC Pro has a very positive article about Mozilla Firebird. In particular, the writer praises the fact that Firebird is standalone, and does not provide an unwanted mail client. He also appreciates the ability to add extra functionality through extensions. The article also goes on to mention the Mozilla Amazon Browser, and is enthusiastic about the possibilities offered by XUL based applications."
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#11 Firebird is still a pre-beta product
Monday September 1st, 2003 12:26 AM
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I think that many of the points that you make are known issues. For all the publicity that Firebird is getting, it's still only at version 0.6.1, and problems like the lack of an installer and the difficulty of installing / uninstalling extensions are targetted toward future releases. People who actually read PC pro are likely to be more technologically competent than the population average, and so they can probably cope with unzipping a file (or maybe finding the unofficial installers that are avaliable), and will certianly manage with the extensions interface.