Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Mar 2008 20:32 UTC, submitted by irbis
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Asa Dotzler has been there from the beginning. As Mozilla's director of community development, he's had a hand in birthing some of the web's most successful open-source software projects, most notably the Mozilla and Firefox web browsers. Now, with Mozilla getting ready to celebrate its tenth anniversary on Monday and with the June release of Firefox 3 fast approaching, Dotzler agreed to sit down with Wired.com and share how his outsider's eye has helped shape Mozilla's path. He tells us not only why Netscape failed, but why Mozilla's first crack at a browser didn't do much better. He also offers insight into how the Firefox team makes decisions ('We've never been a democracy', he insists) and why he thinks Firefox 3 will improve the health of the web."
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It's funny how...
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 30th Mar 2008 22:53 UTC
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

It's funny how apparently it's somewhat difficult to agree on a feature to be put in, yet the monstrosity known as the "AwesomeBar" (which is anything but) manages to make its way into Firefox 3. With no way to disable it other than... you guessed it... yet *ANOTHER* extension to make it behave in a resonable fashion (ie. the way Web browsers have worked for over a decade, with no problems). Completely braindead design decision.

Aside from that (and the Windows version's ugly new theme)... the other features they're putting in are quite nice. Yet... I still miss the days of around 1.0 or previous, before all the massive memory leaks and bloat made their way into the browser. Thankfully the next version is making improvements in these areas, but still... it would be nice if it was written good in the first place.

That said, it was an interesting review, I did learn some things I didn't know from it.

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RE: It's funny how...
by siimo on Sun 30th Mar 2008 23:04 UTC in reply to "It's funny how..."
siimo Member since:
2006-06-22

I actually like the new behaviour. Sometimes I can't remember the URL but can remember the <title> text so I find it very helpful. But then again I have been using it for a couple of months and gotten used to it now =)

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RE[2]: It's funny how...
by miscz on Mon 31st Mar 2008 00:56 UTC in reply to "RE: It's funny how..."
miscz Member since:
2005-07-17

The way Firefox 3 does it is terrible. Look at the implementation in Epiphany (which for some reason has a lot of features took years to get in Firefox) - it's much more readable. You can write a bookmark name, url, something from history and everything is converted to easy to read single-line entry. Awesome-bar has a lot of unnecessary noise.

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RE: It's funny how...
by Soulbender on Mon 31st Mar 2008 03:47 UTC in reply to "It's funny how..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I'm going to flaunt my ignorance here and say; what the hell is the AwesomeBar?
I run Firefox 3 and it looks pretty much like Firefox 2 did. I guess Ubuntu disabled whatever the hell Awesomebar is?

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RE[2]: It's funny how...
by Soulbender on Mon 31st Mar 2008 03:48 UTC in reply to "RE: It's funny how..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Oh, it's the address bar.
It doesnt bother me.

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Comment by bthylafh
by bthylafh on Mon 31st Mar 2008 00:04 UTC
bthylafh
Member since:
2006-09-21

That was a hideous photo of Asa. Warn a guy, huh?

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RE: Comment by bthylafh
by akeru on Mon 31st Mar 2008 03:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by bthylafh"
akeru Member since:
2007-06-24

Have to agree. Looks like a fish eye lense or something!

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