Wednesday November 29th, 2000
Ben Bucksch writes in with news of a new Mozilla distribution, Beonex. Ben hopes to implement LDAP synchronization and offer commercial support for this Open Source end-user-focused distribution of Mozilla. Check out the posting to the n.p.m.announce newsgroup for more information, or visit the Beonex website.
#24 Re: Re: Making money off this?
Thursday December 7th, 2000 3:12 PM
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Well I do remember a certain site (slashdot) saying what right have netscape got to place ads in their browser when they contribute nothing to Mozilla ;) Of course in reality Netscape are justified to make money out of Netscape 6 and I want them to do it so they can keep all the people on Mozilla. I was having a go at the way you think Ben's not allowed to create a business outside Mozilla, he is a contributor to Mozilla and even though obviously isn't as big a contributor as Netscape well doesn't mean he's trying to unfairly profit. If you want to launch a business around Mozilla then I'd give you my support and I hope most of the Mozilla community would.
Ben isn't doing anything immoral here, he's not trying to sponge off all the hard work of the mozilla contributors, he's trying to fill a gap that's not offered by Mozilla.org and that's offering support and custom solutions for businesses. He's gonna contribute all sources back to Mozilla.org so I don't see your problem. All copies of beonex are free to download just like Netscape 6 is. The plans to make money are on services *not* provided by Mozilla.org i.e. service or paying for coders to develop new features (which will be contributed to mozilla.org so Netscape and others can benefit).
If Beonix is a success it'll be good for Mozilla as he's aiming for a slightly different market to Netscape 6. Hopefully in the future the browser will develop in different ways to Netscape 6 creating more choice for the end user.