Full Article Attached Minutes of the Staff Meeting of Monday 21st June 2004

Monday July 12th, 2004

The minutes of the staff meeting held on Monday 21st June 2004 are now online. Issues discussed include Mozilla 1.7, the Aviary branch, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and Camino.

#4 Re: Re: less is more for end users shown by stats

by jilles

Monday July 12th, 2004 2:54 PM

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I never cared about the size of the download. IMHO this is a myth. Broadband has been available for years and very few geeks actually have modems these days. The suite is just as solid as it smaller relatives so that is BS too. The real reason people are moving over is that the suite looks ugly, has a poorly integrated (but extensive) featureset and includes a lot of stuff you are unlikely to ever use. On top of that the primary layout of its features, menus and buttoms seems more or less fixed in stone, including the many usability issues.

Firefox and thunderbird have addressed all of these issues and many people are now convinced they are better products and that is why people are moving over. The 1.0 releases of both will inevitably turn the suite into a legacy product that some may feel compelled to maintain because of corporate interests. It wouldn't surprise me if eventually some firefox features such as the extension manager will be backported but I fully expect to see new features first on Firefox & Thunderbird.