Update on Tree Plan for 0.9.4
Saturday August 25th, 2001
Asa Dotzler has sent in an update to what mozilla.org's plans are for the 0.9.4 milestone. Click the full article link for more info on this, and what you can do to help.
#106 Short term vs Long term
by SubtleRebel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sunday September 2nd, 2001 10:24 AM
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I do not question the principle, but I do question its relevance to this discussion.
First of all, standard principles of economics tend to fall apart when applied to open source software. This is especially true when you are talking about time-to-market factors.
For a typical business, being early to market is important to profitibility as well as marketability. The longer it takes to get a product to market, the more deficit accrued due to extended development costs and general day to day business expenses. Also, once a consumer buys a product, they have a tendancy to stick with that investment even if it is not perfect rather than just throw it out in order to go buy a competing product. Of course, with free web browsers, profitibility is impossible and the consumer really has no expense related to switching proiducts.
For marketing purposes, it is nice to be "the original" and to have the others be compared as trying to copy. Of course, it is already too late for either Mozilla or ie to be "the original." The signifigance of being third vs fourth or seventh vs eighth is negligible.