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.
#58 Re: Re: Re: Re: Alas, yes
Friday April 30th, 2004 3:51 PM
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I think that Firefox appeals to a wider audience than the Suite, and while being leaner than the Suite, it still has several significant advantages over Internet Explorer 6. It has received favorable press reviews, and has been praised and adopted by bloggers. I think someone cited a statistic somewhere that Firefox 0.8 had been downloaded a million times.
Having said that, I should cite a quote: "No one wants advice - only corroboration" - John Steinbeck
Ben said: "The biggest misconception is that Firefox (or indeed any Mozilla project) is a democracy. It isn't. What the owner (in this case me) says goes." Forgive me for putting this so bluntly, but I feel this statement appears to be without humility or regard for others opinions.
No matter how good Firefox is today, it is not because it has been a one-man effort. It seems to be common practice today to disparage the old Suite for having been "bloated", "horrible", and so on. But remember: the old Suite got us this far, and Firefox is building on its foundation, not starting from scratch. One look at the Mozilla Credits page ( <http://www.mozilla.org/credits/> ) will tell you that where we are today with Firefox and Thunderbird would not have been possible without the contributions of many of the people listed there.
Now, I am not trying to understate the amount of work put in and competence shown by Ben and Scott (MacGregor, primary developer of Thunderbird). I just don't like it when Ben responds to a well thought out argument with a simple dismissal, and a pithy one-liner essentially saying "I know what's right - I am always right. And I am not right I will know it."
And at the risk of seeming pedantic, I'll leave you with this : "Happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending." - William Shakespeare