Slides from Brendan Eich's Mozilla Futures Talk at Developer Day Now Available

Monday March 1st, 2004

Last Friday saw the first Mountain View Mozilla Developer Day since the formation of the Mozilla Foundation. The Foundation's press release about the event gives an overview of the talks that took place and James "Kovu" Russell has posted a review of some of the presentations.

The slides from Brendan Eich's Mozilla Futures session are the first be available online. In the presentation, the Mozilla Foundation's Chief Architect outlined Mozilla's strengths and weaknesses and described a future strategy plan. Proposals include accelerating work on integrating SVG, implementing support for more scripting and programming languages (such as JavaScript 2, Python and Perl 5), creating a XUL builder plug-in for the Eclipse platform, improving native widget and desktop integration and setting up a new site with programmer documentation. Collaboration with Opera and Apple to advance Web standards was also floated and several possible end-user innovations were discussed.

#18 Another weakness

by ed_welch

Tuesday March 2nd, 2004 11:27 PM

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Mozilla has another weakness, which they didn't mention: All windows appear to run in only one thread (at least the GUI only has one thread). When one window does somthing that takes a lot of CPU time all other browser windows will hang until it's finished, including the newsgroup reader and composer. This is particularly noticible when you open a PDF document within a browser window. Acrobat reader seems to be particularly slow. In all fairness, IE seems to suffer from the same problem. But that doesn't mean it's not a problem.