Firefox goes prime time

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.

Comments:

Adam Bosworth also roots for Firefox.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on November 10, 2004 at 05:38 AM PST #

Colm, is there any bug filed in bugzilla about UNO/XPCOM integration issues I only see this bug relevant to UNO https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=32011 As Yoda says If, in bugzilla, your bug is not. Then young Jedi, a bug it is not! Hrrmm.."

Posted by Yusuf Goolamabbas on November 10, 2004 at 03:31 PM PST #

Yusuf, you may remember the Blackwood project that some Sun engineers completed a couple of years back? The BlackConnect sub-project just needs updating to achieve what I talked about. This could be driven either from the OpenOffice.org side or Mozilla.org. The nice part about this is that existing code that spans OpenOffice.org and Mozilla (such as the OpenOffice.org/Mozilla addressbook connector) could be simplified using this middleware bridge. I think the ideal way for the Blackwood project to be updated would be a collaboration betweeen a Mozilla.org community developer and an OOo developer; any interest? ;)

Posted by Colm Smyth on November 10, 2004 at 08:49 PM PST #

BlackConnect project was not completed at that time. It is going to take more than update to current mozilla source base to get satisfactory results.

Posted by Igor Kushnirskiy on November 12, 2004 at 01:44 AM PST #

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