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Ask Firefox Founder and Creator Blake Ross

May 21, 2006

Firefox LogoFirefox, no doubt, has raised the awareness of alternative browsers, and as Opera users we have benefited a great deal by having less of a compatibility issue with broken webpages.

Since its launch less than two years ago, Firefox has captured an astonishing 10 percent of the browser market, which no other alternative browser has been able to do since the end of Browser World War 1 (BWW I).

Firefox’s founder and creator Blake Ross has agreed to be interviewed on Opera Watch, but instead of me asking the questions, I’d like to give you the chance.

Post your questions to the comments of this post, and we’ll send the top 10-12 questions to Blake.

This interview is of course not just for Opera users, Opera Watch has many Firefox subscribers too, and in fact Blake Ross himself subscribes to Opera Watch (Subscribe to Opera Watch). I encourage all browser users to take this opportunity and submit questions.

Here is your chance to ask him the tough questions.

Please let’s keep the interview questions polite and professional, as it serves nobody to be trolls.

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  1. May 22, 2006 at 12:18 am

    What have been some of your biggest internal conflicts (great geeky feature compare to a grandma usable browser)in creating Firefox?

  2. awz
    May 22, 2006 at 12:30 am

    What do you think about the conflict (among users) between Opera and Firefox? And what should be done, if anything, about it?

  3. May 22, 2006 at 12:38 am

    Daniel, I d understand that no trolls would be allowed for. Still, I dont intend that my questions be carried on the developer. With all due regards, they have been at the forefront to spread the Open Source movement.

    However, I wish to ask them as to whether they plan to introduce any “new feature” instead of blindly copying Opera for everything.

    I see nothing “original” in Firefox; Linux installers suck (they can’t even package the whole thing in distro specific packages) and is a pain for the memory issues; crashes often, extensions often don’t work… yada yada.

    I remain commited to Open Source; Opera is the ONLY closed source application on my Ubuntu box. Firefox isn’t refined enough as a browser, that I could recommend it to anyone whole heartedly as yet. I hope that they work on reducing the bloat, more features minus the extensions et al.

  4. Blah
    May 22, 2006 at 1:45 am

    Blake,

    Have you gotten over Asa’s insult?

    Apart from the most rabid of fanboys, everyone else sees mr. Dotzler as detrimental to Mozilla and Firefox (including, for that matter, yourself), so I’m wondering what it’s like to work with someone who’s inciting flamefests and hatred even inside Mozilla, not to mention between two browsers and companies that should – IMHO – go hand in hand for the better future of everyone.

  5. LordOf
    May 22, 2006 at 4:57 am

    Completely agree with comment #3 (Abhishek), this one must be asked 🙂

  6. SuitCase
    May 22, 2006 at 5:34 am

    In the past few years, it appears that almost all innovative browser features have originated in Opera, Safari or a few slightly more obscure browsers like Omniweb. Why has Mozilla moved so slowly and offered so little to the user with incremental Firefox updates (and the planned 2.0 release) despite its massive popularity and supposedly rapid open-source development practices?

  7. Jakub81
    May 22, 2006 at 5:37 am

    Which movie from the Firefox Flicks contest did you like the most?

    Which Opera feature (if any) would you like to see in Firefox?

    What do you think about so called “Web 2.0”?

  8. Dork
    May 22, 2006 at 8:32 am

    Should the developers increase their participation on the mozillazine’s feature-forum to not forget keeping an eye on the public’s wishes?

  9. Guilherme
    May 22, 2006 at 9:27 am

    You should had listen this questions a lot of times, but I’m very curious. Did you expect the great firefox sucess ? And, in your opinion, what’s the greatest dificulty in the Firefox growing ?

  10. EC
    May 22, 2006 at 9:28 am

    Is there any work in progress to improve the speed of the Firefox browser?

    As a former IE turned Opera browser user (I currently use Firefox mostly), the one thing I miss most when using Firefox is Opera’s speed. This lack of speed comes in three forms:

    – The startup speed. For some odd reason, it feels like Firefox takes forever to start up, in comparison to other browsers such as IE and Opera. Another related point is the ability to pick up where you left off, without having to save the tabs as bookmarks.
    – The actual browsing speed. I feel that in order to increase productivity on the web, ease of forward and backward browsing is a necessity. One area that Opera excels in is the backward browsing capability, doing so quickly and efficiently.
    – Keyboard shortcuts and Mouse gestures. Another amazing innovation from the makers of Opera. There is no comparison, once again, to the amount of browsing that can be done when making full use of these somewhat necessary features. They are almost a necessity as opposed to a nice feature.

    I know that most things can be done through extensions, and that there are plenty of “make Firefox feel like Opera” ones around, and even accelerator extensions to increase the speed of the browser, but I would also love to see a commitment to improving the speed of the browser from within the internal creators of the browser itself.

  11. May 22, 2006 at 9:59 am

    It’s obvious by the market share that FireFox is leading the revolution of alternative browsers. With such popularity feature requests are pooring in as your user base expands and diversifies.

    With that in mind, is the vision still to be a lean, lightweight extendable browser? Or is this vision evolving to better appease the teaming masses and capitalize on your popularity?

    If it’s the former, and with David Barron’s comments in mind (http://dbaron.org/log/2006-01#e20060122a) what faith do you then have in the extension community to take FireFox into the future- and if they do, who should we be thanking? Them, or you?

  12. axiom
    May 22, 2006 at 10:05 am

    How would you convince Opera Software to make their browser Open Source?

  13. WildEnte
    May 22, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    When the Firefox project started, AFAIK the aim was to create a browser, plain and simple, with the ability to be enhanced using extensions.

    I find that this aim has been well achieved. Now Firefox is of course still being developed, but not only in terms of the heart, the rendering engine, or the API for the extensions, or security. I find that with ‘places’, spellcheck and other things Firefox is starting to have more and more features in the standard package. Isn’t this somewhat against the original philosophy of a “browser that can be extended” and going into the direction of what Firefox users tend to call ‘bloat’ in Opera, namely ‘features beyond what’s needed to show a webpage’?

  14. May 22, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Abhishek, have you used builds of Firefox 3.

    AntiPhishing : Um… Opera doesn’t have this.
    Live Bookmarks : This either
    Places : Opera doesn’t even come close to this
    Pretty print for XML Pages : Nope
    Extensions : No Way
    Incremental Updates : Huh ?

    Opera “copied” Firefoxs’ Live Bookmark icon, the about:config function and a bunch of Firefox Extensions. Do you see me rant.

    Anyway for the question part ?
    Blake does your new startup have anything to do with Firefox at all.

  15. May 22, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    Live Bookmarks :
    RSS Reader in Opera/… even better
    Pretty print for XML Pages :Yes… Opera 9

    Widgets, personal toolbar, buttons
    Incremental Updates :
    Weekly Builds LOL

    Opera “copied” Firefoxs’ Live Bookmark icon, the about:config function and a bunch of Firefox Extensions. Do you see me rant.

    No – http://www.feedicons.com/

    Now for the question…

    What do you think about Flash? And do you think about MS Sparkle or AJAX as Flash concurent?

    Will be Firefox integrated in Mobiles as Opera Mini? 🙂

  16. May 22, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    AntiPhishing is just a stupid marketing move just so browser makers can express that their browser is more secure. Opera has already has Anti-Phishing measures built in, just that Opera doesn’t need to warn us about it(or query an online service for that matter,which invades privacy), its just some users are not bright enough to look at the address bar.

    My Question to Blake:
    What new web technologies are you most excited about and whats your viewpoint on Opera’s Widgets technology?

  17. May 22, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    Opera doesn’t have Anti Phishing, all it does is show the correct name in the address bar. Firefox can do this too. Live Bookmarks are easier to use and provide faster navigation. Incremental Updates are not Weekly Builds. I guess I should have used Incremental Auto Updates. New Firefox “Official” builds that are released to the common public through Auto Update System are usually less than 1 MB.

    Sorry for the trollish comments Daniel.

    Fanboys that advocate their products s***.

    By the way I use Opera too.

  18. May 22, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    Just for clarification, Firefox’s incremental update system makes it possible to upgrade to a bugfix release without downloading the entire installer again.

    You either select Help->Check For Updates or let it auto-check. Instead of sending you to the download page, it automatically downloads and installs only the parts that have changed.

    In terms of recent Opera versions, this would let you go from, say, 8.53 to 8.54. For larger jumps, such as 8.50 to 8.54, it will grab the full download, but will still manage the update process itself.

  19. Stahn
    May 22, 2006 at 6:50 pm

    Just wanted to express my support for comment #10. It should be asked.

    Though it’s said that Fx’s performace will increase only in Firefox 3.

  20. May 22, 2006 at 9:41 pm

    As always, some firefox fantrolls with their foolish comments and their lies.
    Extensions are not an invent of firefox, Internet explorer the evil had them much time ago (call toolbars, bho’s, activex) before firefox was created.
    Saraim so you know much about firefox, tell us how is the anti-pishing in firefox?, how it works?, which are the advantages about Opera?,
    Live Bookmarks is crap in comparison to the handling of feeds in Opera and it is a terrible bad idea mix them with the normal bookmarks, there is no a clear difference.
    Opera copied to firefox??, Sairam, when happen this?????, I laugh loudly, or you forget that: the standard “search box” in the toolbar , first was implemented in Opera 5 and then in firefox three to four years after; “delete private data” feature, first was implemented in Opera 8 and then in firefox 1.5, the upcoming “crash recovery feature” that will be implemented in firefox 2 already existed a long time ago like “sessions” in Opera and it is more complete that in firefox; without forget us the poor management of tabs in firefox compared to the powerful MDI of Opera.
    Also don´t forget that about:config is a simple ripped copy of the register of Windows,
    then Where is the invention in firefox, sairam????? in the extensions???, in fact some extensions are simple ripped copies of features already availables by years in other browsers as Opera, Maxthon, Omniweb, Safari.

    If you dislike Opera so much, then Why do you post in sites pro-Opera? perhaps you want or like to start a confrontation with the opera users.
    Get lost and go away, Sairam!!!!!

  21. May 22, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    Again, let’s keep the comments polite 🙂

  22. May 23, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for having Blake on Opera Watch, Daniel.

    I wanted to pose a question about browser compatibility and/or deprecation by web site designers; i.e., MSNBC now fully supports IE and FF, but only on Windows. No Mac/Linux browser (Opera, Safari, FF) can play videos, flash content or are allowed use of the fly-out menus on MSNBC. Yahoo and others do forms of this, as well.

    What efforts can be made by users or browser firms to trend to 100% compatibility…outside of unanswered emails? And do you expect web sites to continue to exclude non-IE user share from their advertisers…seems very anti-revenue (especially since it’s been 10 years since Netscape went away).

    Thanks,
    Kamalesh

  23. May 23, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    to #20, did you check out the nightlies of Firefox to know about Anti Phishing. If you don’t like Live Bookmarks ok, it faster for people like me. I personally this that the Opera RSS Reader is a piece of shit. If you didn’t know the search box, crash recovery and tabs were extensions first and the code Firefox/Mozilla has is more or less BASED on the extensions. You Moron I merely replied to your fan posts. If you didn’t know I use Opera (was my primary browser until people like you turned me away). I still use Opera, I’ll comment on this site as much as I want. FREE SPEECH.

  24. May 23, 2006 at 4:24 pm

    Reminder: Here on Opera Watch we invite all browser users to post comments, irrespective of their browser brand.

  25. May 23, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    Sairam, you start saying: “my beloved firefox have this and opera not, Opera copied to firefox, bla bla”, then Who is the fanboy troll that come here to vex with their trollish comments and defamations?. YOU.
    If you like firefox, then very good, but don´t come here to flame with your comments.
    In fact, these extensions on that the new firefox features are based, like I said before, are ripped copies of features already availables in other browsers as Opera, Maxthon, Safari, Omniweb, etc. and THIS IS NOT bad, but yes it is bad that some persons of closed mind think that because firefox has implemented them then firefox must be “the innovator” and no other and they forget reserve credit to who created or improved substantially firstly these features.
    I don´t use night builds of firefox by that reason I ask you “How is the antipishing technology and their advantages (if there is some one) about Opera?” you moron

  26. May 23, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    Look at Abhishek’s comment. I was replying to that.
    Firefox Anti Phishing : Google donated their “Safe Browsing” technology which has landed on the trunk. Many changes such as heuristic analysis, changing providers between Google (and anyone else).
    Hmm, yes I really am the troll replying reasonably to someone else’s comments.

  27. Jakub81
    May 23, 2006 at 7:16 pm

    Hmmm… strange, I installed the lastest version of Firefox (1.5) and I didn’t found any anti-phishing technology, nor so-called “Places”. I even Installed alpha version of Firefox 2 (which is not for every day use), and it didn’t have it either. What the hell are you talking about?

  28. May 23, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    Install the nightlies. If you didn’t know Places was scheduled for Firefox 3. The Safe Browsing is in Alpha 3 out in 2 days. Maybe you should fully read the comments before making wild accusations. Places and the Google donation of Safe Browsing were after 1.5 was planned.
    I never said Alpha 2 was ready for everyday use. I believe that’s why it’s called an ALPHA.
    My comments are based on the RECENT versions of Firefox. Places still is in early development, it still has many other features planned.

  29. Jakub81
    May 23, 2006 at 8:02 pm

    There is no Firefox 2, there is no Firefox 3. There is no point of comparing unfinished products, ranting about unfinished features… really. For the last 3 years I hear from Firefox fans that “version x.y will have it”. Zoom? Maybe in 3.0. Sessions? Maybe in 2.0. Acid2? Maybe in 3.0 Close tab undo? Maybe in 2.0. Fit to width? Maybe in 3.0. So what? I heard Opera 10 will have a feature caled “World Peace”.

  30. May 23, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    Ya and I heard in Firefox 4, they’ll have a feature called remotely hit people in the head who have no idea on what one’s talking about and justify’s their point no matter what other say, and always bash others no matter what.
    I can’t wait can you Jakub.

    I suggest you read the entire comments and see what started everything

  31. Ryan
    May 23, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    To those above, in Daniel’s Words:

    “Please let’s keep the interview questions polite and professional, as it serves nobody to be trolls.”

  32. May 23, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    Peace Sairam!

    This was mentioned specifically at the beginning of the post that trolls wouldn’t be allowed. Unfortunately, the “scuffle” seems to have broken out.

    Sairam, I respect you choice. I am happy that, in your opinion, you have found a version of Firefox that is somewhat ahead of Opera (in your opinion again) and that you wished to reply to my posts.

    It’s like weenies. “Mine is bigger than yours” issue. It’s assnine and I feel that as grown ups we could desist from all this.

    Each one chooses according to their own choice. Alpha builds don’t work for me, because I know not yet how to unpackage the tarballs in Linux (still a newbie). Hence, I choose to rely on the stable releases. I feel that I am smart enough to know what spam is and what anti phising can do for me. I wouldn’t need it.

    For XML, extensions et al, I don’t need to dress up my Firefox to make it functional. So, each one to his own. As for the feed reader, it sucks in Opera. But I am happy with it. As for the copying part, I stand corrected. Firefox came in much later than Opera. Hence, they didn’t copy but got inspired by it majorly. It’s pure inspiration at work!

    Opera by no means is a great browser, as per you, compared to Firefox. But when I use Firefox, I find it similar to Opera in many ways. Hence the question.

    I hope it is clear now 🙂

  33. May 23, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    Abhishek is right, let’s get back to the questions for Blake Ross.

  34. #34
    May 24, 2006 at 12:01 am

    Hi Blake, congratulations on your sucesfull work on Firefox.

    Firefox may not be my first browser of choice, but I installed it on my Dad’s computer since like IE it is easy to use and like Opera it is secure.

    Question : What is your favourite browser (other than Firefox)
    & Clearly, Firefox’s growth has slowed down now. Do you think when IE 7 comes out people will continue switching to FF? What do you think will Firefox’s share be in 2010?

  35. May 24, 2006 at 8:24 am

    Blake Ross.
    What do you think about the controversy of the pcworld 2005 awards?, Are the accusations true as the Asa Dotzler´s ones that Opera ASA lie and cheated for appropiating of the best browser award and so get publicity about its products?

    Is Opera an inherently bad software by being propietary software and not open source?

    Opera copied to Firefox? or Firefox copied to Opera?

    Did Mozilla include before Opera , the “tabs” feature like Asa dotzler asserts in his blog?

    Do you believe that the companies should codify their websites for compatibility with all the browsers? or is it enough to codify for two types of browsers (trident browsers (IE) and gecko browsers (firefox)) as Google, Yahoo, AOL and MSN are doing it just now?, or Is it a loss of time and money for webmasters to codify their pages also for other browsers as Opera, Safari, Konqueror and Omniweb instead of only codify for internet explorer and firefox?

    Is Opera bloat and include useless features that nobody will use?

    Is Opera insecure by being closed source? what do you think about secunia, they are lieing and favouring to Opera?

    What does browser support more w3c standards, Opera or Firefox?

    You believe that the little market share that Opera has, Is it a downfall or product of the circumstances?

    Will Opera survive to duo Firefox and Internet Explorer?

  36. CYH
    May 24, 2006 at 11:04 am

    Now that Firefox has 10 percent of Market share and many major sites work in Firefox, but it seems that other alternative browsers like Safari and Opera are not benefited (many google/yahoo sites are still broken in these browsers). So does it mean that Market share is the more important than open standards. Should Opera and Safari join forces against the Trident+Gecko party?

  37. May 24, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    May I respectfully suggest that certain commenters read Arve’s remarks about browser zealots? The post is three years old, but I think the signal-to-noise ratio here (and elsewhere) would benefit.

  38. May 24, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    Okay, since that issue is settled I think we can agree on a true ?

    Blake, has your new start-up “Thinking Outside the Fox” taken time away from Firefox.

    If there was one thing you could change about any Firefox release what would it be and why?

    Why did you create Firefox in the first place (besides being stand alone and leaner …)

    What were inspirations of Firefox features such as Places and Incremental Updates.

    That’s it for today.

  39. Roseman
    May 24, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    Blake, how would you describe the differences between Opera and Firefox?

    When would someone prefer Firefox?
    When would someone prefer Opera?

  40. Justin
    May 24, 2006 at 8:20 pm

    Blake:

    You haven’t been involved in developing Firefox for a while, concentrating on other projects. However, you are still involved — at least peripherally — from a PR standpoint. Do you plan on returning to work on the Firefox codebase in the future?

  41. May 24, 2006 at 9:04 pm

    Other than security issues, where is Internet Explorer’s Vista version vulnerable to losing additional market share to Firefox and Opera?

    What Firefox Extensions are going to be included as standard features within future versions of Firefox?

  42. May 24, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    @William, find it yourself 😉.

  43. JonhyMax
    May 24, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    Microsoft is pushing its new voice interface for vista now the technology has started to reach the point where its useful. While IE already has support for vistas new engine, and Opera using something similar for both commands and reading back of text, will firefox seek a similar option in reguards to both voice commands, and read back?

  44. crf
    May 25, 2006 at 12:40 am

    One of the bad things about the web currently, imo, is that there is no widespread, easily implementable (easy to put in a web page, easy to encode for content makers), open standard for video. Plugins suck. Why’s there no PUBLIC effort by the alternative browser makers (along with encoding programmers committed to open standards) to think this sorry situation through to a good solution? Flash (and related) is ok, but it isn’t perfect and it’s a plugin.
    OLPC is coming too. You want their users installing wmv plugins on that thing just so they can view “western” websites? GET AN ALTERNATIVE OUT THERE both browsers support out of the box and use your COMBINED MARKET SHARE to force content providers to accomodate you 🙂

    Basically, most of the so called questions here are bizarre soap-opera musings. Who the hell cares! The chinese invented spaghetti ergo the Italians are a lesser people, and when a chinese and an Italian meet, they fight over this. NOT.
    GET OVER IT PEOPLE, or GET A RELIGION!

  45. gadou
    May 25, 2006 at 5:11 am

    Hi Blakes,

    A large part of the Firefox popularity comes from his extensibility.
    The extension system expand greatly Firefox to a platform (rather than a simple and closed product).

    Yet, this model occasionally faces some problems for being developed outside the main FF trunk and by other developers: the lower quality ones affect the whole FF (even testing & bug reporting FF is harder when you use one of those), the main FF API evolution break some others (those that have too few developers to release an updated version in time for the FF releases), even for signed extensions, the user don’t know how much Q&A and security auditing are passed, and the whole system lack discoverability (less tech savvy users may miss it)…

    What are the plans of the Firefox team to improve the situation ? Specifically:

    – Would the FF core developers consider to include the most popular ones (like Adblock, Flashgot etc.) in the main FF trunk ?

    – Would the FF core developers, at some point, consider helping to maintain the most popular extensions, or enforce Q&A before major FF releases ?

    – Would you consider to implement something that would help the users to choose the extensions that are well maintained and stable ?

    – Is there a way to improve extensions system discoverability for the mere users ?

    Even if those extensions mostly targets the experienced users, that’s still the community that spread Firefox up to ya gramma desktop 😉

  46. boby
    May 25, 2006 at 5:14 am

    Are there plans to improve RSS discoverability, ease of subscribing and reading in Firefox (as in IE7 for intance) ?

  47. Jakub81
    May 25, 2006 at 8:09 am

    How would you describe in 3 words each of the browsers below:

    – Firefox
    – Internet Explorer
    – Opera

  48. May 25, 2006 at 10:07 am

    @boby: Firefox 2 has some new features in this regards. Check out the latest Alpha.

    Blake: Is Mozilla working with OEMs and retailers to get Firefox distributed on off-the-shelf systems?

  49. Asa
    May 26, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Blake, in your opinion, what’s “the next big thing”?

    – A

  50. Frank
    May 26, 2006 at 3:54 pm

    Blake,

    Since Mozilla discontinued the official development of the Mozilla Suite, what are your feelings on SeaMonkey? Does the development of SeaMonkey have any impact on what goes on with Firefox and Thunderbird and its extention authors?

    And will there be any improvements or changes to Bugzilla in the near future?

  51. kalphegor
    May 26, 2006 at 4:29 pm

    Now should I do your homework, Goldman?

  52. Lyx
    May 26, 2006 at 5:07 pm

    Blake,

    one of the advantages of opera is the builtin support for portable use or simple mass-deployment. I can simply zip the opera directory and put it on a USB-stick for portable use or mass-deployment on client PCs. I am aware that there are patches and modifications of FX available (like i.e. portable Firefox) however, those are complex hacks which work unreliable when combined with extensions.
    To which extend do you think is there a need for builtin app-folder profile support? Are there any plans to implement this?

  53. Matjaž Benedikt
    May 26, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    How do you explain that both Mozilla and Opera after all those years still don’t make any official 64-bit AMD64 binaries of their browsers available for download. Not even for Linux.

  54. Joseph Wright
    May 27, 2006 at 4:29 am

    Two questions (if I may be cheeky):

    1) Firefox still struggles for large-scale installations – specifically Windows server “pushed” ones on large networks. Without integration to the OS, is this something Firfox (or other “third-party” browsers) can ever challenge Internet Explorer on?

    2) Does the open source model, with a number of products based on the same core, present challenges to maintaining a usable product? For example, Opera can concentrate on one product, and get it “right”, whereas Mozilla have Firefox, Thunderbird, Seamoneky, etc. all on the Gecko core, with different requirements for each user group.

    Looking forward to the discussion.

  55. May 27, 2006 at 11:37 am

    @Joseph.
    I think SeaMonkey is maintained by volunteers.

    Firefox + Thunderbird is the same as Opera in the core development. If I’m not mistaken Firefox and Thunderbird were part of Mozilla Suite which was comparable to Opera.

  56. Nozym
    May 27, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    It’s obvious, the Opera Internet suite is a high quality and mature product. What the Mozilla softwares have to take from the Opera overall experience?

  57. guest
    May 27, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    Asa Dotzler’s Blog Archives
    http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives.html

  58. mdakin
    May 28, 2006 at 5:46 am

    I really dont care who innovated first or who implemented a feature first, thats only rabid fanboy’s business. My questions are:

    1. As a former core developer of Firefox and Gecko, what can you say about the code itself. Do you agree that codes readability is crippled by use of tons of obscure macros and strange names and seems to prevent more programmers joining core development?
    2. Do you agree with Safari teams choice of choosing KHTML instead of Gecko, even one of their lead developer was a ex-gecko progremmer. And do you think Gecko should be redesigned and rewritten again, considering the developments on the IT sector.
    3. What are you doing behind the curtains for more than 1 year.. For God’s sake!

  59. Bill
    May 30, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    Though the strength of Firefox may be its extensions I find them it’s second greatest weakness. FF’s greatest weakness is the lack of functionality not present w/o extensions and its second is the number of extensions available which are overwhelming and difficult to get a handle on.

    Q’s
    Will FF be adding more functionality into the core product (eg more tabbing control)?

    Is there a thought on providing a better interface to the extensions database thru the use of tags and finer granularity of sections?

    What is being done to lessen the pain of version upgrading re:extensions not loading/working?

    Will FF be re-engineered to load faster and consume fewer resources? On Suse 10.1 loading is slowwwwww.

    And lastly a comment which may no longer be relevant since I gave up on reading Asa’s blogs long ago but I will ask anyhow – why doesn’t anyone at Mozilla Org. discuss with him the need to work with the community at large (inc. Opera and IE) instead of attacking and villifying the competition. Personally I find his writings over-the-top and wonder if he does this just to inflame and if that’s the case then it’s pretty childish and such behavior should be stopped.

  60. ipostanodat
    June 3, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    Putting aside open source vs closed source questions, if you were in charge of Opera development, what changes would you make? What do you see as the more glaring weaknesses of Opera and Firefox?

  61. June 6, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Thanks Daniel,
    [i know english as second langauge]

    Mr. Blake Ross,
    – Where the idea of “FireFox” name came?
    – What do you think will happen to the future of browsers world?
    – If somone or a big company like Microsoft or google offer you to buy your compnay, what will your reaction be? or would you accpet?
    – Do you think if Opera and Mozilla join togheter and build up a big compnay, can they grab the browsers role from IE…
    – If you reborn will you agian start the firfox and mozilla project from scratch?

    Thanks for your time.

  62. anonymous
    June 26, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    What are your opinions Opera? What about Internet Explorer?

    What web browser do you normally use?

    There are many people in different browser communities (for example Opera and Firefox) who strongly support their own browser. For example, there are people who denounce Opera in support of Firefox. Do you approve of this support of Firefox? Do you think that one browser is actually “better” than another?

    There are currently many extensions for Firefox. Don’t you think it is difficult for the “average joe” to find the extension of their choice? Doesn’t this make the “extendable” idea of Firefox impractical for people who don’t know exactly what they are looking for?

  63. June 28, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    Your site is very convenient in navigation and has good design. Thanks!

  64. July 12, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    Sairam wrote:

    Opera “copied” Firefoxs’ Live Bookmark icon, the about:config function and a bunch of Firefox Extensions. Do you see me rant.

    Then Philip “pips” Seyfi replied:

    No – http://www.feedicons.com/

    FWIW, the icon was created for Firefox. The Firefox team then encouraged its use in other products.

    Rob Campbell
    Finite Monkeys

  65. crf
    August 7, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    So when the heck is this interview going to happen?

  66. August 7, 2006 at 11:24 pm

    crf, Blake told me in June that he was very busy, but said that he’ll have the answers in by early July. I’m waiting for it myself too.

  67. EC
    September 12, 2006 at 9:44 am

    Early September, maybe? Can we see them yet?

    Don’t keep those answers to yourself!!! We want to see what Blake had to say…

  68. Gnu77
    October 23, 2006 at 7:08 pm

    Wait until christmas….

  69. November 17, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    Hi all,

    Just to clarify, I was ready to provide answers back in September (a ridiculous delay, I know, and I apologize). However, Daniel told me at that point that the interview would no longer work out due to changes at OperaWatch that he could not tell me about.

    If there’s still sufficient interest, I’d be happy to post answers on my own blog, or to take new questions from the Opera community (given that many centered on Firefox 2, which has since been released).

    Blake

  70. Sunny aka Doctor Typo
    December 19, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    Have you ever thought of a Opera Firefox merge? Like where the two big names in browsing, Firefox, and Opera, get together to make OperaFox or OperaFire maybe even FireOpera, this would be a great solution for people like me, who are stuck between the ease of Firefox and the inivation of Opera, I currently use both browsers, why? Well both have their ups and downs, actually both just have their ups, I can’t find anything wrong with Firefox or Opera.

  71. Guy
    January 16, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    When was firefox accessed?

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