NewsForge Interview with Mitchell Baker
Thursday June 27th, 2002
NewsForge has a post-1.0 interview with Mitchell Baker, mozilla.org's Chief Lizard Wrangler. The interview mainly focusses on the reaction to Mozilla 1.0, which has been downloaded over half a million times since its launch (not including downloads from mirror sites). Mitchell notes that "Press reports have been good, developer response has been excited and users have been happy with the quality of Mozilla 1.0." She singles out documentation as an area that needs improvement in the future (there's been some productive discussion about this on netscape.public.mozilla.documentation recently).
I guess mitchell is a busy woman, but that intervie was incredibly short and aside from the 500,000 number, void of useful information.
There's a thread in the comments section of that article that asks how the contributors to Mozilla get paid. Hmm. Well, the contributors get the satisfaction of helping to create an awesome (sp?) browser, mail client, etc. Next, they get the experience and knowledge from coding etc. Finally, if they work for Netscape, they get paid by Netscape, obviously. Correct me if I'm wrong.
#3 Re: Getting Paid?
Thursday June 27th, 2002 6:56 PM
"Finally, if they work for Netscape, they get paid by Netscape, obviously. Correct me if I'm wrong."
Well, AOL Time Warner is having financial difficulties at the moment but I think they can still afford to pay their engineers!
Also, a lot of volunteer Mozilla contributors get employed Netscape eventually. It benefits everyone: the volunteers get paid to do something they love and Netscape gets employees that they know have the skill and commitment required for the job.
#4 Re: Re: Getting Paid?
Thursday June 27th, 2002 7:03 PM
and don't forget the dozen or so other companies that are or have paid developers to work on Mozilla. and don't forget the few companies that pay people to work on products based on Mozilla. I've also seen three or four recent emails or postings to the npm.jobs newsgroup where companies are trying to hire people with Mozilla development experience so there's even unfulfilled demand right this minute for mozilla hackers.
#5 Re: Getting Paid?
Thursday June 27th, 2002 9:05 PM
I get paid in Kool-Aid. With a bonus rock of crack for every five hotheaded comments I make to the newsgroups or websites. Not that there's a lot of time to enjoy it, what with three hours' sleep a night and getting up at 4am for chanting and beaming psychic hate rays towards Redmond. It's a fine and noble enterprise!
Oh, and the massive social gains from having my name in the credits. When the sxxy deth chyx see my aura of Mozillianity ... hot damn. I tell you, it's a terrible strain using my powers only for good, not evil. Well, for *good* evil, not *evil* evil. You know what I mean.
#7 [ OFFTOPIC ] When will Netscape 7 be released?
Friday June 28th, 2002 6:56 AM
And on what Mozilla version will it be based on? 1.0? or 1.0.1?
#8 Re: [ OFFTOPIC ] When will Netscape 7 be released?
by ezh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday June 28th, 2002 9:12 AM
I believe that it takes 1.5-2 weeks and it will be based on 1.0.1 + some hot fixes.