Thursday April 1st, 1999
It is a bittersweet day for the Mozilla community, as while the first anniversary party for Mozilla is on going, News.com is reporting, and Jamie Zawinski has confirmed, that he is leaving AOL/Netscape, as well as the Mozilla Organization.
This comes as a blow, as Jamie was one of the key leaders of Mozilla.org, and brought about its formation in the first place. Jamie will be missed, and we wish him luck.
As jwz himself has pointed out, mozilla!=netscape and mozilla!=aol.
It's also true that mozilla!=jwz.
I can't help but feel a bit betrayed. Let's see -- Netscape opened the source -- Netscape/Mozilla scrapped the old codebase and redid the whole damn thing practically from scratch, because web developers hollered, "We need standards support!" -- and we still have functional nightly builds and dev releases. The schedule's been set back, but that doesn't mean all is lost. Is Jamie saying now that Netscape should have released MozClassic as an end-user product, and perpetuated bugs and poor support for standards? I'm sorry, but if that's the case, I couldn't agree less.
My regret is that Jamie's apparently lost faith. My feeling is that he's lost his perspective. My hope is that this will spur the rest of us, whether we're coding, testing, reporting bugs, or just taking the builds for a spin and encouraging others to do, to do just the opposite.
As mozAdmin has noted, the alternative to failure is unthinkable. Period.
So let's close ranks, stand together with our open source brethren, and make damned sure that the unthinkable doesn't come to pass. Because, if the rest of us follow Janie's unfortunate example in this regard and lose heart, it certainly will.