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Mozilla.org Spin-Off?

Wednesday December 16th, 1998

ZDNet posted an interesting article concerning Netscape's relation to Mozilla.org and the possibility of Netscape making Mozilla a non-profit organization.

The article states that it has been considered before, and could be a possibility in the future. The main reason behind spinning off Mozilla, would be legal protection if patented code was contributed, and Mozilla.org was then sued. Being non-profit, Mozilla.org would make no money, and be worth nothing, hence, nothing could be gained by suing them.


#1 Re:Mozilla.org Spin-Off?

by Dan Veditz <dveditz@netscape.com>

Thursday December 17th, 1998 3:53 PM

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Does that even make sense as a reason to spin off Mozilla? If Netscape 5.0 is built on a Mozilla that contains patented code Netscape will get sued anyway--they're the deep-pockets.

Netscape has to take reasonable care to keep tainted code out of its browser either way, and it's easier to keep it out of the codebase than to try to strip it out as part of the build process or as a custom "Modification".

#2 Re:Mozilla.org Spin-Off?

by Angus Davis <angus@netscape.com>

Thursday December 17th, 1998 6:04 PM

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This is just Jamie ranting and raving - nothing new about that. Take everything he says with a grain of salt, and the world will be a happier place.

#3 Re:Mozilla.org spinoff?

by Jeffery Bradley <jeffcbrad@redshift.com>

Thursday December 17th, 1998 10:58 PM

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What processed is used to ensure that prorietary code is not introduced into Mozilla?

#4 Re:Mozilla.org Spin-Off?

by Jamie Zawinski <jwz@mozilla.org>

Friday December 18th, 1998 1:33 AM

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This Ben Elgin guy blew what I said way out of proportion.

The ZDnet article begins:

But living under the same roof almost brought things to a boil last month, when Netscape considered severing all financial ties with Mozilla.org, Sm@rt Reseller has learned. Under the plan, Netscape would have spun Mozilla.org -- the group charged with leading community development of its one-time browser -- into a non-profit organization.

First of all, I didn't say this happened last month, nothing "boiled." This is something that has been being considered since january, before the outside world had ever heard the name "mozilla.org". It has never been given much priority, but it has been discussed on occasion. In particular, this has absolutely nothing to do with the AOL deal.

Someone asked a question about whether mozilla.org would ever spin off, and I said that it was possible, because such a thing had been discussed. That's all.

Second, "severing all financial ties" sure sounds like "cutting off funding" to me, which wouldn't be the point of this at all, and certainly wasn't even suggested in any of the conversations about this in the past.

PS: blow me, Angus.

#5 Re:Mozilla.org Spin-Off?

by JD WaySide, KSC <jdwayside@netscape.net>

Friday December 18th, 1998 10:11 AM

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More ZD|FUD. What a load of baloney.

They take half a quote, use it entirely out of context... And generate more hits for their site, usually from easily-excited Slashdot readers who click before they think. And who thereby (perhaps unwittingly) help spread the FUD even furthur and help finance more of the same, to boot.

#6 Re:Mozilla.org Spin-Off?

by John Offenhartz <offenhartz@postdirect.com>

Wednesday April 21st, 1999 3:23 PM

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First off, ZDNet has always struck me as the equivalent of a tabloid. The 'Hollywood Insider' of Silicon Valley, if you will. Headlines scream "JWZ in open source love-spat with Netscape! 'What about the children?' say close friends of the couple."

FUD? More like the typical "we aren't really a part of this culture, but we like to pretend we are." all media are famous for.

I read ZD to be bemused, not informed. I suggest everyone do the same and the world will be a better place.