Full Article Attached Mozilla Bug Week

Monday October 22nd, 2001

Many of you are familiar with the Bug Day's that we started a few years ago. Well, with the number of people wanting to help out skyrocketing these last few months, and others have decided that a bug week was in order. They'll be running it from Saturday October 27th to Sunday November 4th, and they'll have plenty of smart people on hand to help folks learn the bug system, learn how to use the various other web tools, and of course, learn some tips on how to contribute code to the Mozilla effort. Click the Full Article link to get all the details.

#28 Re: Newsforge - Learning from Mozilla\'s Mistakes

by Gerv

Wednesday October 24th, 2001 12:01 PM

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> The lack of an independent Mozilla Foundation

Ah, if only it were that simple. Speaking frankly for a moment, as someone who has watched the staff employed by Netscape narrowly avert multiple crises almost weekly over the last two months, I know that talk is cheap.

<> have to fight to justify the existence and usefulness of the open source project to Netscape management on a weekly basis, partly because many of the people in the Mozilla community sit around bitching, moaning about bugs and demanding features, instead of doing anything.

Look at our newsgroups - a sea of "Waah! My tab browser doesn't work in today's nightly! Fix it NOW!" and "Does anyone think Mozilla should have my pet feature X?" and "When are Netscape going to release a browser that has all the stuff I want in it?".

Where are the large contributions made from outside Netscape we can point to to show the value of the open source process? Total independence won't happen until the Mozilla project is able to make significant progress without Netscape, and has some bargaining chips on the table to prevent Netscape simply saying "Well, if we get less control, then we're going to go back to developing behind the firewall, because we won't lose much and frankly, this open source stuff is too much hassle."

Don't think it would never happen. One of the big reasons why they think it's a hassle has been the whole UI mess.

So, if you care about the project, start working on bugs in the 1.0 meta-bug dependency tree. The stable, long-lived 1.0 branch is very important to getting more companies using Mozilla technology. That is Mozilla's future, and the best route to independence.