Mitchell Baker on mozilla.org and Phoenix
Saturday October 5th, 2002
Mitchell Baker, mozilla.org's Chief Lizard Wrangler, has posted a newsgroup message about mozilla.org and the Phoenix project. The post explains why mozilla.org is supporting Phoenix and how the development will affect the main SeaMonkey project.
#2 Re: Fine, but...
Sunday October 6th, 2002 8:00 AM
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There is a very small number of engineers involved in the Phoenix project. A number of them are in university or are employed by companies other than Netscape. I don't see any problem with these folks working on different solutions. Phoenix is built off the daily Mozilla codebase (from what I recall), so Phoenix will at least be keeping up with the changes in Mozilla's basic functionality.
I think that innovations/changes that occur in Phoenix would probably make their way into the Mozilla codebase on a case-by-base basis. Either that, or the Mozilla team will evaluate the Mozilla/Phoenix situation at a later time and decide to make a wholesale change to system revolving around standalone components. I think there are a lot of positive aspects to the Phoenix model that's developing. The Mozilla engineers seem to be a practical lot, and I doubt that they would discriminate against changes that were beneficial simply because they first found a home in a different branch of the Mozilla codebase.