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MozillaZine Readers Give New Mozilla Website a 7.4

Monday December 29th, 2003

In our previous poll, we asked you to rate the new Mozilla website on a scale of 1 to 10. 3,168 people voted, giving the new site a mean average of 7.4 and a modal score of 8. The variance of the votes was 4.4 and the standard deviation was 2.1. All in all, it looks like you like the new site then.

For our final poll of the year, we want you to pick the most significant event for the Mozilla project of 2003. There's five developments to choose from, including the major Roadmap update unveiled in April, the Firebird naming conflict, the launch of the Mozilla Foundation, the dismantling of Netscape Communications Corporation and the Mozilla Foundation's new end user focus. Pick one, vote and see which event other readers regard as the most significant. Results in the new year.


#16 "What is Mozilla?"

by mqwtm

Tuesday December 30th, 2003 10:35 AM

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"The Mozilla project maintains choice and innovation on the Internet by developing the acclaimed, open source, Mozilla 1.5 web and email suite and related products and technology."

Right... so what is it, then? <http://www.vorstrasse91.c…oztips/whatismozilla.html> explains it much better.

Also, the offer to buy Mozilla (whatever it is), for "only US$3.95" suggests that Mozilla isn't free. Which is just daft. And the "affordable" telephone support reinforces this while implying that you'll need help using it.

After the bits about "Mozilla" (the app suite), we're then introduced to Firebird which, so says mozilla.org, is "lightning fast in every way!"... so why would anyone want "Mozilla" (the app suite again) when they can have Firebird, which is apparently better?

Camino is "Recommended by c|Net for advanced security setting and privacy features" which is nice... you should probably mention that it's a web browser though (yes, another one).

I suppose it looks OK... but it's not very polished. Those underlines under those links at the top are just daft - too thick and too far away and there are three or four different colour schemes on the front page alone; the icon/logo used for Firebird 0.7 doesn't match the icon/logo used within Firebird 0.7 at all (and it's been reverted in the 0.8 nightlies as well, so there's no excuse).

I've yet to find and way to get to the latest nightly build of Firebird without navigating through mozilla.org's ftp server (or visiting texturizer.net/firebird).

Other than that... not bad...