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.
#17 The end Open Source
Friday April 2nd, 1999 3:06 PM
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This is the beginning of the end. For me, the biggest surprise was not Jamie quitting, but his acknowledgment that Mozilla.org is a failure. I knew that a long time ago, but I never expected its greatest advocate to accept it.
The problem is much deeper: the Open Source model cannot succeed. Reason, very simple: it is not viable, like those piramid schemes. The programmers need money, so they have to code for them at least part-time. As a long-time Linux and Mozilla hacker, I know that one can work in his free time on an independent and exciting project, but how many of those can be? Just a hand-full. There is no way all the software in the world will be developed like that. Netscape made the huge mistake to expect a whole bunch of great developers to jump on Mozilla. Hello?! There are *few* good programmers out there, and they already have a day-job and a part-time project like Linux.
This is a wake-up call for the so-called "The Open Source Community". There are not enough resources to write everything "Open Source".
And the funny thing is that many of the people advocating Open Source are not even programmers, but lusers like web designers, support, testing or even -god forbid!- artists like Rob Malda. Some of them are mediocre or average coders, though. Very, very few (< 0.1% ?) are programming gods, able to design and code large and complex projects. And those few are busy!
So while the big mass of idiots is screaming "Let's Open Source everything", the real-programmers are having jobs, making mony and choosing a few select open source projects for their own free time.
And that's the way it's going to stay. Get used to it!