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Mozilla Foundation Holds Future Strategy Talks with GNOME Foundation

Monday April 26th, 2004

Slashdot is reporting that the Mozilla Foundation has held talks with the GNOME Foundation to discuss future collaboration. The minutes of the meeting, which took place via teleconference last Wednesday, reveal that the discussions covered the integration of Mozilla with GNOME, strategies to combat Microsoft Longhorn technologies (especially XAML), duplication of technology between the two projects and the default Linux browser. The meeting follows Brendan Eich's earlier comments about how the Mozilla project can move forward with GNOME. Exactly how closely the two projects will work together is still being debated. The Mozilla Foundation is keen to form an official alliance with GNOME, while founder of the Galeon and Epiphany GNOME browser projects Marco Pesenti Gritti is pushing for a full merger.


#1 should file manager really == web browser?

by smkatz

Monday April 26th, 2004 12:47 PM

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Galeon and Epiphany, though both based on Mozilla, hardly get any coverage on Mozillazine. Firebird gets all the coverage. Konqueror, KDE's file browser/web browser is widely regarded as a great file manager, and a usable, though not great web browser by most users.

I really liked Konqueror, but even on a 166Mhz computer found Firebird faster, and more able to take advantage of the fonts on my system when rendering web pages.

I fully agree that a combined product would be good, esp. for Firebird's evolution--FTP, WebDAV, etc. But I like Linux specifically because the default file manager does filemanagement better than the explorer "browser" on windows. (I can't open an image file over a network because Windows tries to grab it for its left-hand column.

| pretty picture (requires resources on network)| photo a..b.. c..d (tiff files imagine..)

5 minutes to load photo because I selected the wrong one.. or worse.. am moving through with arrow keys.

So, a full merger is not a good idea.

If GNOME supports XUL and extensions, that's great. (so if someone wanted the feature I described, they could extend the file manager.)

Otherwise, no thanks.

*unless* the entire interface was xulized.. like OEone.

--Sam