Trade Union Website Promotes Mozilla Firebird

Friday November 28th, 2003

Eric Lee writes: "The international trade union news service LabourStart has begun promoting Mozilla Firebird as the best browser for trade unionists. LabourStart's website has more than 125,000 unique visitors per month, and the site's news is syndicated to nearly 520 other trade union websites. LabourStart is published in 11 languages and is maintained by a network of over 220 volunteer correspondents.

"Mozilla Firebird is being promoted both as a better alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer and also to encourage the adoption of the Mycroft plug-in which allows searching of LabourStart's database. This is the first time that a major trade union website has suggested the use of Mozilla Firebird to its readers but LabourStart has often pioneered this kind of thing in the past, including a very successful promotion two years ago of a customized version of Opera. Next week, Mozilla Firebird will receive an additional boost when LabourStart's 16,200 email subscribers are invited to download the software."

#15 Firebird not ready for primetime

by aebrahim

Friday December 5th, 2003 11:18 PM

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I'm surprised by this. Although I'm an avid Firebird user myself, and have been for over a year now, I don't think that Firebird is ready for primetime. With the number of bugs that are present, and the lack of a working installer (the current installer is very buggy), I don't feel good about recommending it to anyone who isn't already technically competent with computers. Although I personally prefer Firebird over Seamonkey, on one of the sites I manage (<>) I point to Mozilla (Seamonkey), not to Firebird because its a far more polished product.

Once Firebird has a good Win32 installer (hopefully the installer will be mostly bug free by 0.8), with proper uninstall support, I'll feel a lot better about recommending it to friends. Even then, that may not be enough. It depends largely on how well the code is cleaned up (read: not too many bugs) for milestone releases.