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 mozilla.org.
#43 Don't discount Apple users in this...
Wednesday April 7th, 2004 12:01 PM
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>> I think Brendan is on the correct path. We have to provide a reason for people to use Mozilla and its open standards.
I use MS and Sun at my day job and Mac OSX at home. On both MS and OSX platforms I use Mozilla Thunderbird for email because it is straight forward to use, has a simple, clean interface, has all the features I need, and does a great job of flagging spam. On Mac OSX for email I've tried Entourage and the native Mail app. My point is that if Mozilla provides a compelling solution on any given platform then people will use it. Please don't dismiss Mac OSX in your plans.
As far as Safari goes, Apple users switched in droves because we all knew that *finally* we would have a fully supported web browser that was native to the platform and understood what Apple users wanted. That's not a dig at any other browser, that is just the need that users had and Safari solved that beautifully.
If Safari were to integrate an open standard promoted by Mozilla of some sort of User Interface Markup language then any apps developed that way could hopefully also run in Safari. In that case it would not require users to adopt Mozilla as their browser but simply make use of Open Source apps written in a markup language. (saying that all user interface markup languages are the same seems pointless to me. a language will either work with a browser or it won't)
Open Standards are important. Apple users understand all too well the unfortunate skill that they must develop in dealing with websites in particular that have decided to alter their webpages using a proprietary coding method that is only functional with one company's products. (Not much fun when it locks you out of your online bank for instance.)
This is an important initiative. I'm not a developer just a user of Mozilla Apps. One thing I'd like to stress, don't let the technical implementation and organizational politics get in the way of making a compelling, open source, standards based, and usefull tool.