O'Reilly Network on the Netscape-Mozilla Relationship
Wednesday September 4th, 2002
Last week, the O'Reilly Network published a weblog entry-cum-article about Mozilla from software professional Kevin Bedell. Superficially, the piece may appear to be just another Netscape 7.0 review but it also examines the organization of the Mozilla Project. Describing Mozilla as "a case-book example of outstanding open source management", the article discusses who benefits the most from the cooperation between Netscape and the open source community.
#4 Re: Er, they didn't work without pay
Thursday September 5th, 2002 9:22 PM
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"Most of the 'free' work that went into Mozilla, for which AOL genuinely didn't have to foot the bill, was unpaid testing (regular users filing bug reports), which is valuable and is probably why it's so solid, but isn't development."
Actually, there are about 50 people checking into CVS a month that are not AOL employees. There are about 100 people, last time I checked, checking in each month that are AOL employees. That's a non-trivial number in my book. It's also worth noting that (again, last time I checked) about 30% of the AOL employees checking in were once volunteer contributors. It's a pretty large savings when you don't have to spend months training your new hires.