mozilla.org releases Mozilla Milestone 0.9.4
Friday September 14th, 2001
#164 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 1.0 is in
Tuesday September 25th, 2001 8:57 PM
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Opera and Konqueror have roughly zero percent market share, so they don't justify the large investment it would take to support them. Ditto network appliances, all of which have failed. That's how business works. If you do things that blatantly waste money, your shareholders can sue you. Sucks but that's how it is.
Mozilla's possible success has some chance of preventing MS hegemony of the Internet browser market, although it's a long shot. Nonetheless, I grant this as a possible general benefit. It must be weighed against the costs of cross-platform development, which are high. Whether MS dominates browsers doesn't have much impact on whether they finally decide to compete with my application.
By business benefit, I just mean something that makes our products earn more money than we spend making them. That is why the investors give us money, not to be open source evangelists. Investors gave a lot of money to open source evangelists recently and they lost their shirts. For me to hijack investment money for unprofitable purposes would be fraudulent.
Life is not made easier for developers by one browser adopting standards if the other browser doesn't. That's not a standard. It's some kind of position paper, perhaps, but not a standard. And strangely enough, just because a group sets itself up as the arbiter of standards doesn't mean that it is.
I don't believe open source software is better software. If I did, then I would be part of the crusade. I believe open source software is primarily by, of and for hobbyists, not for the general public. I believe that you have to spend money to create good software. If Mozilla winds up being good software, that will mostly be because businesses have put money into it in hopes of realizing some value from their investment, not out of the goodness of their hearts. None of the open source projects became anywhere near suitable for general use until businesses began to invest in them.