[Project_owners] Death of Seamonkey

Raj Saini raj.saini at bttlindia.com
Wed Mar 9 21:35:57 EST 2005

John Dobbins wrote:

> 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 It looks out of date.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 It looks as out of date as 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
How well said. I agree with your views. The greatest weakness of 
Seamonkey is its old UI.


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