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Mozilla Still Good After 32 Days

Saturday July 27th, 2002

Timothy Dyck began using Mozilla about a month ago and he hasn't looked back since. In an opinion piece, the eWEEK journalist describes his favourite features and outlines some improvements he'd like to see in future versions.


#20 Re: Re: What does mozilla.org think of thi

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Monday July 29th, 2002 12:29 AM

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"What if the developers decide that an on-line Internet game platform with IRC chat and scoring pages served up via HTML is a better "technology demonstration" than a browser? Will they throw away the Mozilla Browser? "

Yes, if all of the developers (even a majority or a very strong minority) decide that an on-line game platform with IRC chat and scoring pages served up as HTML is a better technology demonstration than a browser they certainly are free, and are likely, to stop work on the browser and start work on the more interesting project. If that happened and no picked up the slack then the browser would probably quickly fall apart and that would be that. That's how it works. It's called open source. If that happens and you don't like it then you're free to use the last working version of the browser and you're free to continue development of the browser if you've got the knowhow or the resources. What you're not free to do is demand support (and continuing development on a project constitutes support) for Mozilla. Support was never promised and if you feel you're getting sufficient support now that's just fortune smiling on you.

"The only "support" I'm interested in as an end-user is a commitment to continue to produce a browser with this technology."

Don't count on it. Technologies evolve, change and are discarded. Projects evolve, change and are discarded. People move on. If you're looking for a commitment you're out of luck. And that's not specific to this project or even to open source. If Microsoft decides to unsupport you or break compatability then you're out of luck. It's my understanding that just about every commercial software product on the planet comes with an end user license agreement which says something to the effect of "no warrantee or guarantee of any kind". At least with open source you can always grab the code and support yourself if the project or product goes in a direction that you're not pleased with.

--Asa