Media Reaction to New Mozilla Roadmap Proposal

Thursday April 3rd, 2003

Apart from MozillaZine, Slashdot was the first news outlet to report on Mozilla's new Roadmap proposal. The story was also covered by several other sites, including OSNews,, and The Mac Observer. Paul Festa of CNET felt the need bring up the Safari/KHTML "snub" again but did go to the trouble of getting some quotes. The Register got confused and reported that XUL is going away, while BetaNews also mixed up some details about XUL and its relationship to XPFE (for the lowdown, read Boris Zbarsky's and Jason Kersey's messages). Internet Week's article was generally fine except that it reported that Mozilla is currently based on the Netscape codebase. Meanwhile, InternetNews decided that Mozilla has been "plagued with conflicting hacker troubles," a claim repeated by the more mainstream Sydney Morning Herald (or The Age if you prefer Melbourne).

#5 Steering the Ship

by jarrettwold <>

Friday April 4th, 2003 4:49 AM

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This is more of a general post. It's been my impression that open source projects have a great potential to be maneuverable. More so than any large corporation. However, the very nature of open source at times encumbers that maneuverability. In corporations you have an overseer, looking down at the battlefield calling the shots. Don't obey the overseer and you're gone. I think in this sense corporations have a leg up over most open source projects. Ruling by fear is a lot easier (and at times more effective) than ruling by democracy. The fact that Mozilla is re-evaluating its goals is a refreshing concept. Open source projects are known more for quick patching than quick stable development. The best strategies I've seen are the ones that stand up to consistent pressure at all times. At any given point, everyone should be asking whether or not this is the correct way to go. Slow continual tweaking of the strategy will eventually yield results. The people that don't like it experienced or not can jump ship as they please. As much as I can be a prima donna at times, there is no more dangerous thing than a software engineer on a power trip.