Mitchell Baker Joins OSAF Staff
Monday November 18th, 2002
Mitchell Baker, mozilla.org's Chief Lizard Wrangler, has announced that she is to join the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF). Chaired by Mitch Kapor (founder of Lotus Development Corp. and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation), OSAF has recently hit the headlines with its project to build an "Outlook killer" codenamed Chandler. Mitchell will be joining OSAF to guide its community and partner relations. Her role will be part time and she will continue to serve as Chief Lizard Wrangler for mozilla.org. OSAF will also fund a portion of the time that Mitchell spends working on the Mozilla project as part of their general commitment to open source development. Read the OSAF announcement for more details. We at MozillaZine would like to wish Mitchell the best of luck for her new and exciting position.
#10 I suppose...
Tuesday November 19th, 2002 11:35 AM
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...to some degree you'd want to design from scratch or at least build a blueprint as if nothing existed. My guess is that once the blueprint is designed you would look and say, "you know we have 80% of the code written and written well, so let's see what we would have to adapt to make it work." I'm guessing that some apps change very little. Look at what Phoenix is compared to Mozilla, which came up very quickly. They didn't need to rewrite Gecko. How much different would a mature (read 2.0+) mail application be for Mozilla and Outlook? It basically has to integrate with the Calendar application to set meetings and a couple of other things. I would think Mozilla would do this anyway, eventually. Calendar/Meeting/Email combo (kind of like a PDA) makes more sense to me than Browser/Email (the only synergy I can think of is HTML e-mail).