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osOpinion: Why the Mozilla Dragon Still Has Bite

Jul 25, 2000, 07:37 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erik Severinghaus)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Well, it's that time again. Everyone seems to love to switch between lauding the Mozilla team, and blasting them. The WaSP has unbelievably decided that market pressures and business decisions are more important than a truly standards compliant, excellent browser (Read this for an excellent rebuttal). Everywhere I turn now, I see people lining up to rip on Mozilla. I certainly agree that many mistakes have been made, but hindsight is 20/20. Sure lots of stuff could be avoided, but Mozilla is probably the most important piece of software being written at this point. As a linux user, I prefer the konqueror browser personally, but Mozilla is crucial, and a success in many aspects which has been said before, but should be reiterated...."

"A recent naysayer has mentioned the use of Mozilla as a platform instead of a browser. While I agree that I prefer a small, fast, nonbloated browser, I also prefer the same in an Operating System, but many people don't. The masses like the features, bells, and whistles. They want mail integrated, along with other things. There is quite a paradox presented: critics are calling for Mozilla to gain market share, and also to be released quickly. If they are going to truly win users, it is imperative they have a slick GUI, a mail client, a news client, etc. All of these things take time to develop. **But due to the component structure of Mozilla, waiting on the GUI is not necessary**. The gecko rendering engine is ALREADY being put in stripped down browsers such as Galeon, and surely more will come."

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