Michael Kaply Revives CCK Project
Tuesday April 26th, 2005
Yesterday, IBM Mozilla developer Michael Kaply posted a newsgroup message to gauge interest
in an effort to revive the Client Customization Kit (CCK). After receiving over thirty replies to
his CCK proposal, Mike has created a CCK wiki page to get the project off the ground.
The CCK project aims to make it easy for organisations to customise Mozilla products
to meet their needs. This includes setting certain default options, locking some
preferences so they can't be changed and configuring the user interface.
Also . . .
Mike plans to concentrate on Mozilla Firefox at first but it is likely that Mozilla Thunderbird and
the community-driven continuation of the Mozilla Application Suite will also be supported.
All in all, this sounds like excellent news, and it might just enable me to resume my customised browser distros
like I did with the old Netscape CCK program to create customised builds of the Netscape 7.x internet suite.
If this new CCK project for customised Mozilla based browsers get going, and something usuable is eventually
developed, there are some of things I hope that will happen, including things that Netscape should've done:
Cross platform - Hopefully, the CCK for Mozilla won't be restricted to Windows only, like the NSCCK was.
As well as making builds for Windows users, I'd like to be able to create builds for Mac and Linux users also.
Ease of use - The NSCCK was quite easy to use. Even non-advanced users could roll their own browser
without the need to download the source code and compile builds from that. I hope that any Mozilla CCK
that is released is just as easy to use the NSCCK was, complete with a similar wizard based interface.
CONFIG.INI - I also hope that after running the CCK, the files it creates should include a CONFIG.INI
file that I can edit in any standard text editor such as NotePad on Windows, or TextEdit on Mac OS X.
This file enabled me to include additional customisations, such as editing some of the options that
are offered in the installer that the user downloads to his or her computer.
All being well, what was the main section of the (now defunct) "Club Netscape" website I used to run, will
soon become part of a newly revitalised DJGM.co.uk, since I've left it without any useful features for ages!
Full article at MozillaZine.org.