Full Article Attached Brendan Eich Discusses Future Roadmap Plans

Tuesday April 27th, 2004

In a newsgroup posting, Brendan Eich has given some details about how he sees Mozilla development progressing over the next year or so. Brendan envisages the Mozilla Application Suite being retired to a branch within the next twelve months, with the standalone applications (Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird) continuing development on the trunk. After SeaMonkey has been retired, more far-reaching changes will be made to the Mozilla APIs, breaking compatibility with 1.x in places and eventually leading to Mozilla 2.0. The message, posted as part of a discussion about the staff meeting minutes of Monday 5th April, reflects Brendan's own opinions and not everything has been agreed with drivers.

#12 Re: Re: App Suite

by RKA

Thursday April 29th, 2004 2:12 PM

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"aging Suite design"? You say that as if it was something negative. But it's not. The suite was always a good idea. The day the Mozilla suite doesn't ...suit me anymore, I won't be starting to use Firesomething. I will use Opera, which is about to integrate both chat and mail into the browser - the suite concept. I'll keep Mozilla around for the editor, that's all. Running Firefox and Thunderbird takes a lot more RAM than only running the suite. And the Firefox browser lacks a ton of useful features the suite has. I'm still convinced that fractioning the suite into a separate browser and mail app will be the death of Mozilla. Worst idea till now. I suspect whoever came up with it is aiming to get on the MS payroll.