[LINK] Mozilla - slow progress
Fri, 17 Aug 2001 11:32:14 +1000
On Thu, Aug 16, 2001 at 12:59:37PM +1000, Robin Whittle wrote:
> Alistair Rankine wrote in a recent message "24 bit GIFs":
> > The recent releases of Mozilla have been fantastic, and it has
> > almost replaced IE as my primary browser (except on those sites which
> > kick you off unless you're using IE, damn them). It's quick, it's
> > compatible and it's very full-featured. It's also been a long time
> > coming...
> Mozilla (http://www.mozilla.org) is making progress, but I find the
> mail/news Messenger impossible to use.
why not use the appropriate/best tool for each job?
i.e. use a web browser for browsing the web, and a mail client for email
and a news client for usenet news.
expecting those 3 functions in the same program leads you to the typical
MS Windows jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none result.
IMO, the unix "small tools" approach where each program does only one
job but does it extremely well leads to a much better result. you don't
have to put up with a crap mail client just to get a great web browser,
you can have a great mail client AND a great web browser.
mozilla (and other mozilla-based browsers such as galeon) makes an
excellent web browser. up until a few months ago, i used netscape
because mozilla wasn't quite there yet. for the last few months, i've
been using galeon (which is basically mozilla with only the web browser
stuff) - this is better than any other web browser i've ever used. being
able to open links in tabs rather than windows is great...get the main
index of a site (e.g. a searchable mailing list archive) into a window,
and then open the links in tabs within that window.
mutt makes an excellent mail client.
i don't use news much these days, so i can't recommend a good client -
when i do read news, it's with an nntp-patched version of mutt called
nntpmutt. it's the least objectionable news client i've found.
if you prefer GUI mail & news clients, there are several available.
IMO, they're all crap but that's because i can't stand the crappy text
editors built-in to GUI clients. if there was one that had a built-in
clone of vi (or vim!) then i might consider using it.
> Mozilla's default arrangement of composing a message in HTML and then
> suggesting that it be converted to plain text unless the sender knows
> the recipient wants HTML strikes me as nuts.
yep. html email is evil.
craig sanders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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