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 mlefevre

Wednesday May 5th, 2004 6:42 AM

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I'm not sure whether he was particularly aiming to avoid mentioning Camino, or whether it's just that he didn't have much to say about it, and didn't go out of his way to work it in to his answers.

Two of the questions were phrased as "Mozilla/Firefox/Camino" - I don't think itd be easy to give a useful answer that covered Firefox and Camino at once - they are rather different things. Giving an answer about Firefox and then tacking on an extra comment about Camino would dilute the message, and probably confuse the issues. Chris Hofmann is obviously good at doing interviews. He had points to get across and he made them in answer to the questions.

Agreeing that Camino's performance is better than Firefox's wouldn't do much to help the cause - it isn't the direction that the primary effort is heading in. What could he have said about Camino - that they're working towards a 1.0 version in X months? that there are large deployments of Camino happening in corporations? that a large number of Mac users are migrating to Camino from other browsers? Adding an extra "oh yeah, and there's Camino too, which is progressing kind of slowly" to the other answers also wouldn't achieve much.

If you want an answer to a specific question about how Camino fits in, send Chris Hofmann an email :)