[Project_owners] MAD Mission
massey at stlouis-shopper.com
Wed Sep 17 23:31:42 EDT 2003
Does anyone know of the GTK toolkit? It stands for 'The Gimp Toolkit'.
It has grown up to be a damn good toolkit, qt lovers aside, and was
started for the toolkit for use in a graphics program. At some point the
toolkit eclipsed it's intended purpose. Could you imagine the GTK being
simply for the use of the gimp? There would be no Gnome.
Mozilla is at this point. Somehow the mozilla.org does not seem to see
this, at least not completely. The mozilla.org folks use this toolkit,
MAD developers use this toolkit. This _one_ toolkit should be stabelized
and improved. It should be robust. A focus should be on an improving,
stable, documented toolkit. The next big thing for mozilla should be the
GRE not the little birds that imitate the look and feel of free
proprietary, commodity closed source end user products, not to diminish
the importance of those birds and dinosours. But how less important is
the mozilla app running in the dentists office or pos system that has
nothing to do with 'browsing the web'?
Whether mozilla survives depends on the choices that mozilla.org makes
now. Treating the toolkit as for the sole purpose of creating a mozilla
browser , whatever it's incarnation, means death for the dinosour. What
has come out of the mozilla 'project' is a toolkit, a platform that has
eclipsed it's intended purpose.
That 's my rant. Now my question.
What can be done to help push 'mozilla the platform' in the right
direction? What can mozdev the community do to help? How can this _one_
toolkit become the focus and advanced?
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