Also getting the stand-alone treatment is the Mozilla mail client, which will now be known as Thunderbird (formerly Minotaur). This client will also have an XUL interface and will work across platforms, but it will also be more attractive to businesses and users that want a good open-source mail client but dont want to add an entire browser suite to get one (
Other Mozilla components, such as Chatzilla and Composer, are currently up in the airit is not clear if they will become stand-alone applications or add-ons to Firebird and Thunderbird.
As far as development goes, it will be harder to predict the effect of the switch to a strong individual owner. This model is very common in open-source applications, but it is usually found in more stable and less innovative applications. For many businesses, having a more stable option for browsers and mail is clearly a good thing. But there is also the possibility that Mozilla innovation could slow down and the browser could be surpassed by more innovative products such as Opera or Konquerorin much the same way that IE has fallen behind other browsers in functionality. Interestingly, what would become the old Mozilla code could also become a competitor because its open source and others can continue to develop it. Overall, however, the future moves laid out by The Mozilla Organization are overwhelmingly positive, especially for those who think a browser should be a browser and a mail client should be a mail client. East Coast Technical Director Jim Rapoza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink model of the big Web browser/mail client suite will still be easily available for users who want it. In the road map, The Mozilla Organization has indicated that it will most likely ship Firebird builds with all the most popular extensions and add-ons includedalthough they will be turned off by default.