Interview with Mozilla Foundation Director of Engineering Chris Hofmann

Tuesday May 4th, 2004

PCTechTalk has an interview with Chris Hofmann, Director of Engineering at the Mozilla Foundation. Chris answers several questions about the Mozilla project and reveals some interesting examples of feedback that has been received from users. Thanks to Alex for the link.

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by jstrickland

Thursday May 6th, 2004 6:25 AM

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> FireFox for Mac is more than adequate

>I have yet to meet a Mac user that agrees. They all complain about the fact that it just feels wrong.... Maybe that will change, maybe not.

Now you have met a Mac user that agrees. I have tried Camino on several occasions. However, there was something that just didn't sit right. On the other hand, I have been using Firefox (and previously, Firebird) for quite some time now. I liked it much better, even before the Pinstripe theme became the default theme. Now, the Pinstripe theme goes a long way toward giving Firefox that native OS X look and feel.

Something that bothers me is how much emphasis people seem to put on how much Mac users like their programs to have that OS X look and feel. I work with Macs and PCs. I know quite a few people that work with Macs. They all agree with me, that if a program has that native OS X look and feel, great. However, what is much more important to all of us is having a program that does what it is supposed to do efficiently and without crashing. That is where Firefox fits the bill with me. When you come from a graphics background you get used to having plugins and extensions that enhance a program's (ie Photoshop, Quark, Illustrator, InDesign) ability to get the job done in the manner that best works for you. Firefox gives you the same extensibility. Camino doesn't.

One final note. If so many Mac users felt like Firefox just feels wrong, and Camino doesn't, then why all the efforts being made by the Mozilla team on both the Firefox and Thunderbird side? Surely the Mac versions would have been dropped a long time ago, unless there were a significant number of Mac users using these products on a regular basis.