Mozilla 1.5 Release Candidate 2 Out

Friday September 26th, 2003

The second release candidate of Mozilla 1.5 is now available for download. This new test build contains around twenty fixes that were not in Release Candidate 1, including a new preference for specifying whether opening a bookmark group should replace the existing tabs or append the new pages to the current set. As usual, builds can be downloaded from the Releases page or direct from Consult the Mozilla 1.5 Release Candidate 2 Release Notes for more information and look out for the final version of Mozilla 1.5 in the first week of October.

#17 That's what extensions are for

by Anthracks

Monday September 29th, 2003 6:14 AM

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Note: I often disagree with development decisions too, I'm not just a mindless fanboy.

Cases like this are why the concept of extensions exists. If Mozilla incorporated literally every feature that anyone wanted, it would be unreasonably huge and complicated. It's not possible to meet *everyone's* expectations, some people's main gripe is that Mozilla is too huge, slow and memory consuming. So, at least with Firebird, they're doing the reasonable thing and providing a good set of baseline features which can be added onto through extensions. 90% of the user base is not going to be interested in the ability to see live HTTP headers or having a built-in interface to Bugzilla, so why make the download it and have it cluttering their interface? Now, there are definitely some things I think should be default features rather than extensions (the warning when closing a window with multiple tabs tops my list of gripes), but on the whole I think their approach of not throwing everything and the kitchen sink into Mozilla is the right one.

As far as wanting everything to be a preference, about:config does provide access to probably at least 100 settings to tweak, and there are extensions to put a nicer GUI on it. This is one thing I do think belongs in an extension; if you're computer-literate enough to want to tweak these settings, you are able to download an extension properly. If a user is not that computer literate, the vast array of options would only overwhelm them and turn them off from Mozilla.