Full Article Attached Mozilla Looking to Forge Alliances with GNOME and Other Open Source Projects to Combat Longhorn

Tuesday April 6th, 2004

jgraham writes: "Brendan Eich has written an interesting post to the netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey newsgroup outlining some of the plans being made to ensure that Mozilla technology remains useful and relevant in the future. Brendan sees Mozilla developing into an open cross-platform alternative to forthcoming Microsoft technologies such as XAML and is looking to collaborate with other open-source projects to make this happen." The GNOME project is mentioned explicitly. Brendan's message is part of a longer thread about the goals of

#109 Re: Re: Re: First thing first

by brendan <>

Monday April 12th, 2004 2:05 PM

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> There are 3% here and 6% there.

That's a typical (high, actually, more like 1-2%) range for conceivable incremental improvements to any fairly mature codebase. If you've been around software a while, and looked at profiles, you learn that it wasn't the last cookie you ate that made you fat or slow. To mix metaphors, the "low-hanging fruit" to pick is in the 1-6% range. This is true in KHTML (post-Safari) too, from what I'm told.

To get bigger speedups requires algorithmic redesign, which takes time and risks losing open source quality assurance effects by breaking too much at once.