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LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Mozilla Revisited

Oct 02, 2000, 15:15 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"Since the M17 release, though, something pretty cool has been going on with Mozilla: it gets noticeably better on a daily basis. Not the sort of 'better' that had people calling it "rock stable" six months ago, when it clearly was not. Rather, it's the sort of 'better' than finds me using it continually for most of the day. The sort of better that involves enjoying it enough that I break my rule and fire it back up again if it crashes two or three times in a day. This improvement isn't be a big surprise. The game plan called for a push on optimization and bug-fixes after the M17 release, and the Mozilla developers are making good on their plan."

"Stability isn't the only area where it's improved. The interface itself is more responsive and faster. Some of the simpler features like editing bookmarks work more reliably, and setting preferences isn't an exercise in futility."

"It still acts like beta software here and there, but I can use it for work, and I find myself much more distracted by the slightly different keybindings and occasional differences in behavior than any shortcomings of the package itself. It's clearly down to hunting bugs now, and I hope those who have held off from dealing with Mozilla on a daily basis will reconsider their abstention and start pushing the software hard. The end user bears some responsibility to help the developers figure out what's left to deal with in the home stretch."

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