[Marketing-Public]Mozilla is not (quite) for end users

Robert J. Accettura marketing-public at mozilla.org
Sat, 03 Jan 2004 13:30:55 -0500


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It could be done.  But it's a windows exclusive technology, and makes 
webmasters even more inclined to use exclusive technology, rather than 
open standards.

Which then means, as MS evolves, we have to implement their stuff so 
that we can use the Microsoft Internet.

As long as webmasters abide by standards, there are no issues.  And 
websites are slowly changing.  Look at the evangelism bugs for proof.  
As the DB grows, some are resolved as well.

ActiveX is inherently insecure because of it's auto-install feature.  If 
Mozilla uses it, it's then effected by all ActiveX bugs.  It's a marrage 
that's not needed.

There are relatively few sites that are truly ActiveX savvy.  The most 
popular are owned by Microsoft (Windows Update, Office Update). 

Shockwave, Flash, QuickTime, Cult3D, Windows Media, Java etc. are all 
available.  That alone accounts for 95%+ of plugins required on the web.

It's a very bad idea to employ ActiveX much more than the Windows Media 
player on Windows (as Adam Locke has done).  It's insecure, it's 
proprietary.  It doesn't follow the methodology that has made Mozilla 
what it is.  Supporting ActiveX as IE does would be a regression.

Regarding Java... look at the case of Sun vs. Microsoft to learn more 
about that mess.  Mozilla needs no part in that.



Robert J. Accettura
robert@accettura.com



Omi Azad wrote:

>|Not to mention the security issues regarding ActiveX.  Users don't read 
>|what they install.  That's how most Spyware is installed.  As 
>|"plugins".  That is a good part of why Mozilla is so much more secure.  
>|You need real plugins.
>
>But Robert,
>Is there any problem to share the ActiveX components comes with Micorosoft? I mean people are making applications with .NET languages and users has to keep the .Net framework (also a Micro$oft technology) to run that application, which microsoft didn't make. Like that if you make a application with VB, it needs VB runtime library to execute in windows.
>
>So unfortunately if our Mozilla installed in Windows, I believe it is possible that it can search the ActiveX in your box and execute with that, else it can ask you to install one.
>
>I agree with your "plugin" issue. Yes! our Mozilla is so secure for us.
>
>Omi Azad
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