Firefox goes prime time
By ColmSmyth on Nov 10, 2004
Great to see the Firefox browser get to the magic 1.0 today, and nice to see that users are beginning to abandon IE to get something that is clean, fast and best of all secure (the spyware fiasco that Internet Explorer wrought among users was amazing; meanwhile Microsoft were offering partner anti-spyware companies a listing on their IE security pages - somehow I don't think that's the right way to create a market opportunity! ;)
I use Firefox across all the desktop operating systems I run, and I'm looking forward to seeing Firefox bundled with Sun products soon.
From a developer standpoint, the best part about Firefox is that it's lightweight enough to bundle even with standalone desktop products; this will really help the Gecko/XUL engine to get deployed, and the fact that Gecko is a common base between the Mozilla and Firefox browsers makes it an easy platform to test against.
Now all we need is a UNO/XPCOM bridge to unite the middleware in OpenOffice.org with Mozilla.org and we have a very compelling open-source developer platform spanning Windows, Linux and Solaris - nice. UNO components are already programmable in C++, Java and Python (not to mention all the Java-hosted languages out there; Groovy, Jython, BeanShell and so on). And of course with JDIC and the OpenOffice.org SDK you can use Mozilla or OpenOffice.org as "mega-beans" within a Swing application - awesome.