To Fly or not to fly? Should I move from Mozilla 1.5 to T-bird andF-bird?

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by Daniel Steinberg, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. Hi eveyone,
    I've been a long time Mozilla/Netscape user (since about Netscape 2 or 3
    and Mozilla 0.9.5). I love having my email and browser integrated, and
    love the Mozilla, I honestly believe it's been the best browser/email
    program since day 1 of Netscape. Although I havent contributed any code
    to Mozilla yet (I have looked at it and got lost after about 5 lines,
    eventhough I'm at college studying computer and electronics technology
    and have advanced programming courses), I still very much know whats
    going on with Mozilla. But I'm totally confused over the reasoning for
    Thunderbird and Firebird? Whats the point when you already have Mozilla?
    I dont see the point of having two separate programs for your browser
    and email, although it would be great if the browser or email portion of
    the program would remain open if the other crashed, but other than that
    i think they should be integrated.
    If I am wrong should I switch? what would be the advantages and

    Daniel Steinberg
    Student in 3rd year Computer Engineering Technology program at Seneca
    College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Daniel Steinberg, Nov 4, 2003
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  2. Sorry for the dual post, I thought I clicked cancel the first time I
    sent it.

    Daniel Steinberg
    Daniel Steinberg, Nov 4, 2003
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  3. Daniel Steinberg

    dantu Guest


    Currently, you have a choice
    a release version of the Suite Product Mozilla 1.5
    a beta of the standalone browser Firebird .7
    and an alpaha of the standalone email/news Thunderbird .3

    Once these two products reach a mature level then the main Mozilla trunk
    may branch into them

    Why? Choice. A user will not be forced to download the entire suite
    when all they want is a browser, or an email/news application.
    A user will not have to download and configure the email/news module if
    all they want is a replacement for IE say

    Why? Speed. By making each product leaner and meaner, by removal of
    the code for the suite, each will be faster in its own area.

    Why? Optimal effectiveness. Each module can be
    changed/upgraded/improved without impacting on the other. Currently if a
    change is made in say plug ins for the browser portion, it will also
    effect the email/news portion as well. A 'fix' that is developed
    primarily for a website problem may fail when it comes to newsgroups or

    Why? Usability Scale. Each module can use the entire UI interface and
    space for its own purposes, without regard to the other component

    Why? Focus Workgroups. Each package can be developed into its own, on
    its own, by people who are focused on that component

    Once the two products reach maturity, they should integrate in a manner
    which will echo that of the suite version. So in the end, while you will
    have more individual components, each will be more effective in its own
    field than the suite is.

    In a sense, it's simply a breakdown of the suite into component modules,
    which when mature, will be available to recombine seamlessly into a
    group of applications, just like the suite is now.
    dantu, Nov 4, 2003
  4. Daniel
    Is the code for each based on the code from each module of Mozilla? Or
    are they build from scratch? I would prefer something based on the
    Mozilla code as it seems to be very good.
    I've never had any problems with one module affecting the other, except
    when one crashes the other does too, but I'm sure you could write
    exception handling code to allow one module to crash and keep the others
    I dont understand this. Entire UI? Isnt this already done? Mail/News
    takes up the whole screen (except where ICQ is docked on the right side
    of my screen, but thats just my set up), so does the browser, or are you
    refering to menu items and the module selector part of the status bar at
    the bottom of the window?
    So in the end Mozilla ver. X might be completely made up of the
    individual apps integrated together? So I wouldnt have to worry till then?

    Daniel Steinberg, Nov 4, 2003
  5. Daniel Steinberg

    dantu Guest


    It would be preferable if you bottom-posted not interspersed if
    you please, thanks.

    The basis for each component is based largely on the Mozilla suite

    And the reason you never had problems with the two components is because
    the developers had to take extra care not to crash the other when they
    made changes to one! Many changes and fixes for one component had to be
    backed out of the development when their code caused conflict in the
    other side of the house so to speak. Needless to say, the if the
    products had been separately developed from day one, each would be far
    in advance of the situation the suite is in now. Of course you dont see
    one component crashing the other, simply because the developers had to
    back out many changes in one, that DID crash the other!

    The UI issue. Each component can take advantage of the entire footprint
    of the product for its own end. No need to make room in the UI for such
    browsing components as Internet Search or Cookies in the email
    component. There is only so much space to go around without making the
    product vastly bloated. Preferences can be restricted to just what the
    component requires, no more, no less. In the browser you dont need the
    email/news component javascript enabled on/off in email/news for
    example. You can also do things like add a UI for html on/off for
    email/news, without impacting on redoing the entire engine code base
    (because a browser is intended to display HTML)

    The question of when (and if) the Mozilla development will be switched
    has not been answered yet. Mozilla 1.6 is already in development as a
    suite product, so we can at least know that that is to be continued
    until it reaches release status. Moz 1.7? 1.8? 2?, a lot depends on
    the level of maturity each individual component reaches. No one want
    to release two products that are not as good or as functional as the
    suite which is already available after all.

    And you dont have to worry at all, who ever said you did in the first place?
    Mozilla 1.5 has just been released as a suite version
    Mozilla 1.6 is being developed as a suite version
    Firebird, at the .7 release is approaching a release perhaps
    but Thunderbird at .3 hasnt even reached beta status yet (tho its
    expected to soon)

    So who knows when everything will come together and be advanced enough
    for the two components to replace the one suite version. It wont be this
    year anyway.
    dantu, Nov 4, 2003
  6. Daniel Steinberg

    Jarmo P Guest

    going on with Mozilla. But I'm totally confused over the reasoning for
    I changed Firebird to my default browser from IE.
    Mozilla 1.5 was used more than IE, but just cause it had also that email and
    other things added, did not like to put it as default. Now, if I for
    instance get a link in an email program or these newsgroups, up pops
    Firebird, liking the idea that it is not a memory hog.

    Just cause Mozilla is a good browser, it does not mean everybody likes its
    email/news program.
    If I remember correctly, the old Netscape 3 still had the browser and
    mail/news program as separate things. Liked that.
    Even in the Office suite, Word and Excel etc. are separate programs.

    Well, a matter of opinions, some people like suites, while others like to
    pick the best ones for each purpose ; )
    Jarmo P
    Jarmo P, Nov 5, 2003
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