Salon, Mozilla, JWZ and Code Rush
Thursday February 10th, 2000
Mrpalomar and Jens Andersen have written in with mention of the article "Mozilla dreams" at Salon.com. But they neglected to mention the front page piece at Salon, "Free Software! Free Nightlife!", about former Mozilla evangelist Jamie Zawinski, and his efforts to buy the club DNA in San Francisco. Man, I miss SF. That is, until I realize that I'd probably be scrounging for pennies just to buy a dollar burrito because the town is so freaking expensive to live in. But, I digress. If you are interested in finding out more about one of Netscape's most outspoken ex-employees, be sure to check it out.
Also, the article lets the cat out of the bag on the PBS documentary, Code Rush, set to air on March 30st at 10pm. From the PBS page: "The program presents Netscape's radical effort to rewrite the rules of software development by giving away the recipe for its browser in exchange for integrating improvements created by outside unpaid software developers." We will have more to tell you about it as soon as we get permission to do so.
The Mozilla article is rather uplifting, and really sets the distinction between Mozilla and IE (the IE group project leader is quoted as saying that "...frequently, the features or work items that come out of customers are orthogonal to some of the different standards.") The author, Andrew Leonard, has thankfully opted against dredging up Mozilla's past (he gets a big thumbs up for not mentioning jwz's departure as a sign of Mozilla's imminent failure). Although short, this is one of the best Mozilla articles I have seen on the Net to date. Be sure to check it out.
Wow, I wish there was someone like this in Boston.