Reporting and Nominating Bugs for Mozilla Firefox 1.0

Thursday April 29th, 2004

Ben Goodger writes: "We're beginning the drive to Firefox 1.0 and we need to make sure that every bug people think is important is filed in Bugzilla and has a blocking0.9? or blocking1.0? request flag set. This will allow the FDT (heh) to develop an action plan for the milestones between now and 1.0, prioritize bugs and so on. It's essential that people start doing this now, rather than later, otherwise bugs might slip through the cracks!" Further details are available in Ben's posting to the Firefox forums.

#49 Target market ...

by johann_p

Friday April 30th, 2004 11:37 AM

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Yes, but what benefit does the average home desktop user, especially the average Windows home desktop user really gain from switching from IE - maybe IE with one of the tabbing / popup-blocking extensions from downloading and using FF? I don't get it. Most people do not care about how much better the rendering engine is and the only thing they will notice is that some badly programmed sites will not work (well). Apart from a few niceties there is nothing that really makes their work easier. A browser is a browser is a browser. Maybe I am wrong and I will really be glad to be proven wrong, but I do not see any significant number of average home desktop users switching to FF anytime soon. There is a certain initial movement of those who wanted an alternative and found the suite too "bloated" or complicated, but after that, my believe is that it will die down. Therefore I argued that instead targeting a niche where innovative features would be a big motivation to switch could establish a bigger and more commited market segment. I am used to design programs from what I envision to be a demand >5 years down the road on computers that are likely to be common then. I do not see a large place for the FF that is currently being developed there. But again - if I am proven wrong I will be happy (anything that steals a significant market share from IE makes me happy) and I will forget Ben's grumpy reply and throw a round of his favorate intoxicating beverage for him.