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.
>> I have never heard a reasonable argument why to target exactly that segment of the browser market. Maybe because there is a place on the market for a product as this?
I think you are missing the point: 1) First, this posting is about Firefox 1.0. Is has nothing to do with integration with other apps, or anything else not related to a browser. Firefox 1.0 is aiming for a market place that exists today with a very good chance at being the best browser on the market. Since m/b/Pheonix/etc began, it was meant to be a killer browser.
2) I understand your concerns, you being a suite user. But in the current state of things, Firefox and Thunderbird are not set out on try to convert you over, the suite exists and is still being worked on for a reason. It WORKS, although the usefullness is limited to a very small portion of users. Firefox and Thunderbird are aiming at a much larger audience, if you don't like it, don't use it, no one is asking you too.
3) Yes, once the suite is retired mozilla.org will have a problem keeping around it's current userbase, no one is saying the oposite. And this is something that needs to be addressed. In the meant-time, Firefox is on a great track to complete what is has set out to do: Become one heck of a browser, as Thunderbird is becoming a killer mail client.
4) I agree with Mozilla.org (or better yet, Brendan) on the idea that the seperate apps are the future of Mozilla. It makes no sense to create a good product that isn't used by very many people, is having a hard time maintaing itself finacially, etc. When a different kind of app has a whole new range of new users and market strategy. YES, they should deal with their current userbase and make the transition easier. The problem with this is the "cult" behind suite users, which I understand changing from one product to another is not an easy task and is very hard to get used to.
This leaves you/us with 2 options 1) Continue using the product you enjoy at the moment (in your case the suite) and ride the wave. When time comes to retire the suite (if that time ever comes), part you way and find a new niche product.
2) Help out describing exactly WHAT you would like to see in Firefox post 1.0 that would allow you to make the transition easier and help out the rest of use to make Firefox 1st, the best browser out there and second, make it as usefull and integrated as the suite currently is for the current base.
Bitching and moaning about the CURRENT roadmap helps no-one. It was set long ago, and if you don't like it, don't use it. If your interested post 1.0 has a bright future and you could be part of it.