Demise of Netscape Voted Most Significant Mozilla Event of 2003

Sunday January 11th, 2004

Last month, we asked you what you thought was the most significant event for the Mozilla project in 2003. The top choice was the demise of Netscape, which received 35% of the 1,947 votes cast. The launch of the Mozilla Foundation came second, with 29%, followed by the new end user focus (16%) and the new Roadmap (12%). The Firebird naming conflict finished in last place, with only 4% of voters considering it to be the most important event of last year.

For our first poll of 2004, we've picked five of the most popular Mozilla development books and want you to tell us which you think is the best. Choose from the Netscape Mozilla Source Code Guide, Essential XUL Programming, Creating Applications with Mozilla, Creating XPCOM Components or Rapid Application Development with Mozilla and watch the results to see which Mozilla book other readers favour.

#25 Importance of the Mozilla *birds

by kujo_74

Tuesday January 13th, 2004 9:44 AM

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I just want to point out that Firebird is extremely important to the continued growth of the Mozilla platform for several reasons.

1) The seperation of the products creates safety in event of a crash. If the browser crashes and you have an important email you are typing, losing just one email will cause some people to abandon it.

2) Speed, for a lot of people the Suite is just too slow, where as the separate apps start much quicker, giving a percieved quickness.

3) They will drive the development of the stand alone gecko engine which will make it easier to build and distribute apps build on Mozilla technology.

4) Adoption of Mozilla by IE users. Since Firebirds release I have converted 3 IE users to firebird. (I know, I should be working harder, but its a start!!!) 1 - My Boss, he likes the speed, tabs, and 'Privacy' features ;) 2 - A coworker, he was a hard IE user, but since Firebird he now hates when he has to open up IE. 3 - A girlfriend of mine that was getting viruses and popups all over the place because she uses a certain crappy webmail site.

Before Firebird I was unsuccessfull to switch even my wife to Mozilla... It is just to bloated and slow, almost no-one out there uses every feature in the suite. With seperate apps, people choose what they want to use.