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Mozilla 1.0 Not Ready for Prime Time -- Close but No Cigar and No Brass Ring!


Mozilla 1.0 Browser-Suite's E-Mail & News Quick Look

Mike Angelo -- 27 July 2002 (c) -- Page 6


Article Index

Overview of the Mozilla E-Mail and News Client

Bugs across the Mozilla Browser-Suite

Mozilla E-Mail and News Features

Mozilla E-Mail and News Desktop Layout

Oingo Address Book Bug Fiasco

Some Problem and Dangerous Mozilla Mail Default Settings

Customizability

Mozilla Skins (Themes)

Mozilla 1.0 E-Mail and News Is Immature and Not Ready for Prime Time!

Relationship of the Mozilla 1.0 and Netscape 7 E-Mail and News Client Software

Some Mozilla Problems

Standard of Review

The Mozilla 1.0 E-Mail and News Module Is Usable

Conclusion

Test Drive Mozilla 1.0

Resources

Conclusion

The Mozilla browser-suite, including the Mozilla E-Mail and News module, as reflected in the Mozilla 1.0 final release and pre-release test builds, has seen much improvement over the past year or so. Mozilla 1.0 is fairly stable and usable -- but it is not rock-solid.

The Mozilla 1.0 E-Mail and News module does not offer any compelling, performance or feature-set reason for people to switch from other popular e-mail and newsgroup client software to AOL-Netscape's Mozilla E-Mail and News client software. On the basis of overall look, feel, and performance, Qualcomm's Eudora 5.1.1 (paid version) is a better choice than AOL-Netscape's Mozilla 1.0 E-Mail and News client for the Microsoft Windows desktop.

We find that Mozilla 1.0 is just too darn buggy and too lacking in polish to recommend it for the MS Windows desktop. However, if the Mozilla/Netscape developers would ever get their acts together and do some serious program polishing and bug control, plus add a decent spell-checker, the Mozilla E-Mail and News client software could become the E-Mail and News client software of choice for the MS Windows desktop -- but it is not there now!

In the Linux arena there is a nice assortment of E-Mail and News client software available, such as KDE's KMail. We see no compelling reason to use the Mozilla E-Mail and News client software instead of the KMail E-Mail client and KNode News client software. Additionally, because KMail and KNode are both part of the K Desktop (KDE) package for the Linux operating system, they have very similar desktops and user interfaces -- much as with the common user interface and desktop of the Mozilla E-Mail and News client software.

Mozilla, KMail and KNode are free and come with most all Linux distributions. Thus, you can try any or all of these software products at no charge to you. Although the Eudora 5.1.1 e-mail client software we recommend costs $40, you can take a look at a stripped-down version, Eudora 5.1.1 Light, at no cost to you. Or, you can look at the Advertisement version of Eudora 5.1.1, which is fully featured, to try before you buy.

Regardless of AOL-Netscape and its Mozilla Organization's rotten attitude towards end-users and regardless of the problems and immaturity of Mozilla 1.0, it's worth taking the Mozilla 1.0 E-Mail and News client software for a spin. That way you can see how the Mozilla 1.0 E-Mail and News client software works (or does not work) for you.

Mozilla 1.0 builds are available for the BSD, Linux, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, OS/2, Sun, and several UNIX platforms. Source code is available if you want to custom compile your own Mozilla builds. If you have not already tried Mozilla, download a copy and give it a try.

Incidentally, please check the MozillaQuest Magazine front-page (mozillaquest.com) sidebar every now and then for bug-count updates and for upcoming post-Mozilla 1.0 progress updates. MozillaQuest Magazine will have additional post-Mozilla 1.0 release information as it becomes available. Please check the MozillaQuest Magazine front page regularly for Mozilla 1.x release articles and news too.

Stay Tuned.

Take Mozilla 1.0 for a Test Drive

If you would like to take a look at Mozilla 1.0 E-Mail and News client software you can download Mozilla 1.0 for free. If you have a pre-1.0 Mozilla installation, you ought to upgrade it to Mozilla 1.0. Please see our Mozilla 1.0 Is Out article for download info and links.


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Article Index

Overview of the Mozilla E-Mail and News Client

Bugs across the Mozilla Browser-Suite

Mozilla E-Mail and News Features

Mozilla E-Mail and News Desktop Layout

Oingo Address Book Bug Fiasco

Some Problem and Dangerous Mozilla Mail Default Settings

Customizability

Mozilla Skins (Themes)

Mozilla 1.0 E-Mail and News Is Immature and Not Ready for Prime Time!

Relationship of the Mozilla 1.0 and Netscape 7 E-Mail and News Client Software

Some Mozilla Problems

Standard of Review

The Mozilla 1.0 E-Mail and News Module Is Usable

Conclusion

Test Drive Mozilla 1.0

Resources

Resources


Products


Eudora 5.1.1 Download Area

KDE

KMail

KNode

Konqueror

NetCaptor


Mozilla Bugs

Bugzilla Bug 144639 (Opening addressbook pops up browser window and hangs Mozilla)


Related Articles


Turmoil in MozillaLand: Current Status of Mozilla 1.0, 1.0.1, and 1.1-Alpha

Mozilla 1.0 Browser Unofficial Sneak Release -- Mozilla 1.0 is unofficially out!


Year 2001 in Review -- Mozilla and Netscape Browsers

Is Mozilla Actually AOL-Netscape's Mozilla?

Netscape 7.0-PR1 Browser-Suite Released


MozillaQuest the Series: Building Your Own Mozilla-Based Web Browser


Mozilla's ChatZilla -- The Lizard Speaks: Real Internet Chatting & Communication


Part II: The Many Faces of Mozilla -- A Preview Look at the Mozilla Application Programming Framework


Books


Open Source E-mail Security, Richard Blum, SAMS, 2002, ISBN: 0-672-3237-4. $35.

Red Hat Linux 7.3 Bible, Christopher Negus, pps 141-159 (KDE) and pps 335-348 (Mozilla mail and news), Wiley, 2002, ISBN: 0-7645-4941-3. $50.

Red Hat Linux 7.3 for Dummies, Chapter 9, Jon "maddog" Hall and Paul Sery, Hungry Minds, 2002, ISBN: 0-7645-1545-4. $30

Red Hat Networking and System Administration, Terry Collings and Kurt Wall, Chapter 14, Hungry Minds / Red Hat Press, 2002, ISBN: 0-7645-3632-X. $60.

The Internet for Dummies, Chapters 11-13, Levine et al, Hungry Minds, 2002, ISBN: 0-7645-0894-6. $22.


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