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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
#54 Re: Re: Re: Newsforge - Learning from Mozilla\'s M
Thursday October 25th, 2001 11:17 AM
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You are reading me somewhat incorrectly.
I am saying that Netscape pays mozilla.org people and contributes to Mozilla. Like any business, they are constantly analysing what they are doing to see where they could be making more money for less effort. You can't blame them for this.
"Netscape" (not that there is such an entity who could do the threatening, if you see what I mean) has not threatened to shut down Mozilla as an open source project, because it can't do that. The code belongs to the community. It could go back to developing inside the firewall, or it could fork part of the code, such as the UI - both things would be bad for Mozilla. At a more extreme level, it could stop paying the mozilla.org staff it pays, and stop providing resources such as machines and bandwidth. Like any other part of the company, the money spent on me, Asa and crew, and the time taken participating in the open source process, has to be justified.
I believe Mozilla and Netscape can go on living and working together - I firmly believe this is possible. I also believe that, eventually, mozilla.org will be more independent from Netscape. I'm just trying to encourage people who make trite statements about "Ooh, it should be more independent, _then_ we'd have loads of developers" to consider the here-and-now political reality.