Weekend Discussion

Friday April 28th, 2000

What does Open Source mean to you in terms of user feedback? Does it mean that you are given more power to interact with the developers? That you are given more power over those developers? That the end-user takes on a more active role in determining the direction of development?

And the big question (which feeds off a discussion in a forum today): what kind of responsibility do third party developers have to meet the deadlines of commercial entities who are utilizing their Open Source code? What if these deadlines are being advocated by end-users? What role should the end user play in directing the time of volunteer coders?

For example, should the third-party volunteers implementing XSLT or SVG or MathML have a responsibility to meet the deadlines of Netscape 6? Even if Netscape didn't promise the technology for the 6 release? What if end-users are telling them that they need to get it done for that release? How much can or should an end-user expect in this situation? How much responsibility should the volunteer developer feel to deliver?

We're interested in feedback from both end-users and developers. Let us know what you think. It's a complex question, but one that I think needs a public airing.

#23 Ignore Tanyel...

by jesusX <>

Monday May 1st, 2000 9:12 AM

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He's the troll. Arrogant and nasty in general.

<opinion> As for Tooltips and URL Autocomplete, there are still some serious stability bugs. Right now, The goal is to get it feature complete for it's initial release, and then stabilize everything possible. I guarantee that there are people working on Mozilla who want those features, but there are some larger priorities right now.

Despite the name, type of product, and baggage, everyone needs to remember that Mozilla and Netscape 6.0 are a brand new, built from the ground up, project.