'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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#6 Re: So everyone is doing mean, small, light ....

by jilles

Sunday August 31st, 2003 9:44 AM

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You can have integration between lean and mean applications. Mozilla suite has a nice browser but firebird actually is a better browser. Mozilla suite has a nice mail client but thunderbird is actually becoming a better mail client. There's no need for the browser and mail client to share the same process & binary. Most of the integration stuff that the mozilla suite does can (and should) be handled through the os/window manager. This leads to better consistency and does not hardwire the browser to a specific mail client.

What integration features specifically do you actually miss that cannot be implemented? A toolbar with a little mail icon? Trivial extension, excercise for the reader (and you can even launch the system default mail client rather than hardwire it to mozilla mail).

If you want stability, stick with the suite for a while. However, thunderbird and firebird are pretty stable already and probably suit your needs just fine with a litle tweaking (IMHO the fun part of using both).

Most other mozilla suit members are being transformed into extensions right now. E.g. venkman and calendar can already be installed as extensions in firebird/thunderbird. Similar efforts are under way for composer and chatzilla. Eventually some of these will become standalone as well I think. All will gain features in the process. Essential integration functionality will be identified and implemented. Very likely new mozilla based applications will start to appear when the infrastructure stabilizes.