Media Coverage of Mozilla Foundation's New Releases and End User Focus
Wednesday October 22nd, 2003
Exactly one week ago today, the Mozilla Foundation released three new product upgrades and launched several end user services, including CD sales and telephone support. internetnews.com called the changes "a bold push to target end-users" and noted that this is the first time official end user support has been available for Mozilla. The NewsFactor Network said that Mozilla is "not just for geeks anymore" but got a little confused about Mozilla Firebird, referring to the latest version as 7.0 and bizarrely stating that it "has not changed much from its earlier incarnation as Netscape 4.0". eWeek concentrated on Mozilla 1.5, noting the usability improvements, such as the inclusion of a spellchecker. The IDG News Service's article, which appeared in InfoWorld and other publications, claimed that 1.5 brings few browser enhancements and noted that changes to the GCC version used to compile Mozilla mean that some Linux plug-ins, such as RealPlayer, will no longer work. CNET News.com missed the point slightly, inferring that the new end user services may be primarily a way of raising revenue and noting that such ventures have not always been profitable in the past. The article also reminds us that Apple chose KHTML and not Gecko for Safari. Again. Finally, as expected, Slashdot has an extensive discussion.
"With update, Mozilla introduces fees" With this title, Paul Festa almost makes it sound like Mozilla isn't free anymore. He somehow manages to mention the Safari incident every time he writes an article about Mozilla; I'm sure he'll keep bringing that up for years. He focuses on the support fee and only tags on the changes to 1.5 as an afterthought at the very end of the article. Does this guy have a problem with Mozilla?
> Does this guy have a problem with Mozilla?
Yes. Read anything he has ever posted about Mozilla and you'll find it to be negative and inaccurate.
Does Paul Festa of CNET have the same anti-Mozilla FUD goals and aims of Mike Angelo of MozillaQuest. More to the point, are Paul Festa of CNET, and Mike Angelo of MozillaQuest, actually one and the same person?
Given that there hasn't been a "new" (I use the term loosely) MQ article about Mozilla for quite a while, somebody has to take up the FUD slack.
Lee Seats who reports on "all things free" for About.com posted a nice little article on Firebird.
I like the ovservation he makes in the first paragraph.