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.
Monday October 29th, 2001 8:48 AM
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So, basically all of your ranting and raving here is to insure that the world knows that open source doesn't work? I agree that the chances of any open source project becoming as big as Microsoft is way out there but there (as mentioned here) many successful open source projects. I have been running a very succesful ISP since 1996. We use open source programs exclusively for all the mission critical operations. I never once thought, we should contact Microsoft, pay $$$$ for a bunch of licenses because what we have is just not working. I must agree that people tend to be more willing to do a job when cash is involved. But I also know that people will work on something for other reasons. (Loyalty, spite, anger, etc.) With Mozilla there are plenty of other reasons to be working on the project. I must admit that open source projects generally take longer to complete (witnessed by the Mozilla project.) But (I think you can agree), the Mozzila project is coming along rather nicely, even if it's a year or more behind the initial schedule, and the browser IS quite usable for many people.
Bottomline, you can rest assure, I don't think you need to be so frantic to downplay open source, there will always be companies willing to pay you to code. Food will be on your table.