Subject: What's important after all? Reliability.
Date: Monday 16th July 2012 11:29:44 UTC (over 5 years ago)
What's important after all? Reliability. Mozilla is a symbol and a guarantee for independence when using the Web. I read the Mozilla mission as a desire to be the safe harbour, because it works, because it's available for everyone, because it's free and open. However, being a safe harbour implies reliability. After the recent events, such as the discussion around Jono's blog etc., I believe we should feel warned. We should accept that it could mean that Mozilla software is being perceived as less reliable than it used to be in the past, and we should attempt to correct that. Only if users can rely on Mozilla software to work correctly, be stable and secure, not remove functionality, not break compatibility, only then the broad majority of users will perceive Mozilla software as a viable alternative to other software. The Mozilla project and its contributors have a limited amount of resources. In my opinion, those resources should be focused on the above, and any new nice-to-have features should have a much lower priority, or rather, only worked on if any other work concerning reliability and security has already been done. In my opinion Mozilla should focus on the boring but important work that assures reliability. Recently it has been announced that Thunderbird will go into maintenance mode. Maybe it would be good to do that for Firefox, too. Stop adding new features until people are happy with the features we already have started to implement. Mozilla should focus on compatibility, reliability and security. New features should only get worked on if they are required in order to improve these priority areas. That's my opinion. I'm not a visionary. I just want my browser (and e-mail client) to work right in every aspect, and to protect my security as good as possible. And I believe this was the argument that drove most users to using Firefox in the past. These were certainly my arguments in the past whenever I tried to motivate people to use Firefox instead of something else. I propose to make it the highest priority that our users will continue to associate these attributes with Mozilla software in the future. Being the most widely used browser in the world is irrelevant. It's important that Mozilla software will continue to be available and compatible when people need it, now and in the future. Other browser makers must always be aware that they will never be able to abuse a market dominance, because Mozilla will always be waiting for users to come back with our arms wide open to make them feel home in the web. "It might not have the newest feature yet, but at least it works right and protects me", that would be my preferred description of Firefox and other Mozilla software. Regards Kai -- Sending me encrypted e-mail: - get my S/MIME cert from https://kuix.de/smime-keyserver/ - get my GPG/PGP key from http://pgp.uni-mainz.de/