The Firefox Enterprise Issue Hits the Media
January 12, 2008
In the last week, I did an email interview with Computerworld magazine, regarding Firefox and FirefoxADM.
You can read the resulting article here.
So, what do I think of the final article? Well, its pretty much spot on for the situation as it is. I have to say, I gave them a lot more information than they used from me, which is kinda annoying. But expected, really, in that they wanted to make a readable article.
The article’s writer, Eric Lai, did a good job of including the opinions of most of the people who should have been asked: Mike Kaply, Eric from Frontmotion, Rafael Ebron (who did a great job of spreading word of our third party tools) and, dare I be arrogant to say, myself. I absolutely agree with what Mike, Eric and Rafael say in the article.
The article, though, unfortunately exposes the real problem with Firefox in the enterprise: Mozilla. Chris Hofmann from Mozilla gave some comments and they are ridiculous and FUD. From the article:
He dismissed Active Directory as a “proprietary technology” that would hurt rather than help Firefox administrators.
“Multiple levels of permissions applied across different groups add a lot of complexity,” he said. “If you look at the track record for that feature, it’s resulted in less security for IE.”
This is rubbish. Complete and absolute rubbish. In fact, when he says “multiple levels of permissions”, I’m not actually sure he even knows what the hell he’s even talking about. And this is the guy Mozilla put in charge of Enterprise strategy. Heaven help us!
All of this has made me come to a decision. I am going to start to look at sourceforge, the emails I’ve had over the past 3 years, looking at Firefox to see anything I’ve missed and am going to draw up a list of features I want to implement for new versions of FirefoxADM. If you have feature requests, let me know.