[Project_owners] Death of Seamonkey

Jeremy Caris mechobba at myrealbox.com
Wed Mar 9 10:47:51 EST 2005

John Dobbins wrote:

> Irongut at vodafone.net wrote:
>> I disagree with the common view that SeaMonkey is too complicated for 
>> non-techies. My girlfriend uses it regularly with no problems once 
>> she'd figured out things like what tabbed browsing is and the 
>> benefits of it. She's about as non-techie as you get without going as 
>> far as my mum (who is the mythical granny). Admitedly she doesn't 
>> have to set it up and the Prefs dialogs are arcane.
> The reactions that I have seen from non-techies don't have anything to 
> do with Seamonkey being too complex. Most of the time the first 
> reaction when they see it boot up is negative, and this is before they 
> even try it. The Classic theme was probelly a good idea in 1999 for 
> Netscape when it was planning on getting it's users moving from 4.x, 
> but in 2005 it is horrible for the default theme.
> It looks out of date. People who dumped Netscape 4.x because it was 
> inferior to IE 5.0 and above are even more turned off by the dated UI 
> than peopel who have allways used IE. It looks as out of date as 
> Windows 3.0. The modern theme isn't much of an improvement, it dosen't 
> fit in, it looks unfamilar and people associate unfamilar with hard to 
> use.
> From what I have seen people have a better first impresion of Firefox 
> than Seamonkey, and this is entirely due to visual appeal. You only 
> get one chance to make a first impresion, and Seamonkey falls flat on 
> it's face in this area.
> If you had never seen Seamonkey or Firefox and saw screen shots of 
> each side by side, which would you download? The one that looks state 
> of art, or the one that looks like it's 8 years old?
> IMHO Seamonkey's greatest weakness is it ships with a butt ugly UI 
> that turns off potential users, and this is FF and TB's greatest 
> advantage over it in gaining users who aren't familar with Mozilla 
> based browsers.
> John Dobbins
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That is EXACTLY right. Out-of-the-box appearance is _everything_ when 
dealing with the general non-techie user.

Jeremy Caris

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