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, email@example.com 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.
#96 Re: free software != volunteer
Tuesday October 30th, 2001 9:56 AM
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For some projects, volunteer work is useful; I'm part of a scholarly project where all the work is done on a volunteer basis, and it looks like we're going to get a very big project completed in about 10 years that would have taken one or two paid contributors 10 years to do at full time. But that's a scholarly project, not consumer software.
I doubt Mozilla would survive long on volunteer contributions alone. But the contributions of volunteers can help to improve the software, as long as the resources brought by the volunteers are managed properly. The key problem is that Mozilla is at the bleeding edge when it comes to coordinating paid and volunteer contributions on a large-scale consumer-oriented project.
So while I don't agree with strauss, if I read him right, that the open source model is necessarily inappropriate to the development of a general-consumer-oriented product, I do think (if rather he's implying this) that the open source model has to be adjusted for such a product from the way in which it has worked for e.g. Apache, GNU/Linux, etc. And I think those adjustments have been things that the Mozilla project has been learning the hard way. Strauss and macpeep's comments have been sounding more and more reasonable lately: either they've mellowed, or they're right and some are only beginning to realize it, or the project has reached the point in its development where their suggestions are more useful than they were 6 months or a year ago.
That said, I'm still quite happy to see the links toolbar and the tabbed browsing in place.