Links Toolbar Landed

Wednesday October 3rd, 2001

Gervase Markham writes: "The Links Toolbar from bug 87428 has finally landed, bringing us ever-closer to full support for HTML 2.0. You'll see it in this morning's builds. The auto-show is still in development over in bug 102832. Good places to try it out are Bugzilla buglists, the W3C, and many machine-generated manuals or documents, such as the GNU Make manual."

#197 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cool, but ...

by strauss

Thursday October 11th, 2001 3:38 PM

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(I notice everyone is still ignoring Bruce Wright. Too reasonable?)

If what you say is true -- and it seems like a reasonable analysis of open source social dynamics -- then what you're saying is that open source projects can never stabilize. Fortunately, I don't think that's true.

We can see a counterexample, the Linux kernel. Interestingly enough, the kernel is much more conservatively managed than Mozilla, and does lock out new features as releases are approaching. There are plenty of branches and conditionals but new things are locked out of the main trunk and default build during stability pushes. The kernel also has a much smaller number of contributors. Mozilla with its promiscuous style of management has not been able to achieve the same stability.

So I think it is not so much that this problem is inherent to open source, but to a particular open source management style. What makes it a problem is that without lockdown during stability pushes, a large software system can't stabilize. In this respect, I think Mozilla could learn a lot from the kernel group.