Mozillazine heeft een artikeltje neer gemikt over de berichtgeving in de pers over het Mozilla project. Volgens de schrijver heeft de pers over het algemeen een nogal negatieve houding en wordt er gedacht dat het project gedoemd is te mislukken, zonder hierbij rekening te houden met de 'false start' (aanvankelijk werd begonnen met de oude Netscape codebase, maar inmiddels is men helemaal vanaf scratch begonnen, wat een jaar ontwikkelingstijd heeft gekost):
The Mozilla architecture has been entirely rewritten from scratch after a false start based on the original Netscape codebase which cost the project, as I understand it, about a year. So if you look at Mozilla as a from-scratch rewrite that started a year late, the picture already begins to look very different. You can't blame the project or the process for how it was managed. The very fact that when the foundation was deemed unworkable it was torn down and rebuilt from scratch correctly shows that indeed the project is bearing fruit.
The layout engine was completely rewritten to be totally standards compliant. The network engine was completely rewritten to be faster, more flexible, and more reliable. The UI code was completely rewritten to be more flexible, extendable, and cross-platform. The mail and news functionalities have been completely rewritten as well. In short, this is a whole new browser. [break] Verder bij Mozillazine een review van Mozilla Milestone 10: [/break] I have not seen any JPEGs drawn incorrectly so far, even while they are still being rendered, as they were in just about every previous build I've tried. Also gone apparently are the problems with flickering scrollbars and strange redraws. Scrolling around seems smoother as well, though that might be due to the fixes to the scrollbars. While scrolling is still nowhere near as smooth as Netscape 4.X, I imagine (in my inexpert opinion) that this could change, as it seems related to GTK redrawing the background of the page before the rest of the page is drawn.
All of the functionality of a web browser seems in perfect order. Pages load and display correctly, the Back, Forward, and Reload buttons work, though the Stop button seems to have some problems still. Bookmarks seem to work just fine for me as well
Nightly builds van Mozilla kun je neerhalen op mozilla.org. Op dit moment is alles nog erg alpha, maar het begint er steeds beter en stabieler uit te zien. De rendering engine is in ieder geval al errug snel!