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.
#20 Re:JWZ Resigns
Friday April 2nd, 1999 5:47 PM
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remember, big projects are bigger than one person. the direction that the current codebase is taking is the correct one . it observes the agreed standards -- more so than the opposition. as the basis for any number of things it is considerably stronger than the original. to label the development track as being in trouble beause of one (admittedly good) engineer had departed seems crazy to me. there is more depth to the mozillans than just jwz. i assume he recognises that (despite his obvious discomfort with the company.) it's a stong legacy.
jwz is a character. one of those people who make life interesting. but he is not the be all and end all. his opinions are often entertaining and intersting, but in the end they are his (as mine are mine). at times they may be divisive and counter productive -- even if at times his technical qualities are brilliant (altough i doubt jzw will be listed in the same breath as pope, proust or russel :-) (and yeah, i how he hates emoticons).
the success of the mozilla project is linked to many people. including people who are reading this. if you use the code, contribute to the code, document the bastard (please!) indulge in cool dark code magic or just plain think it's a great idea then pass the message on and keep going. mozilla will kick, 6-8 months late or not. and the dealy is worthwhile if it results in a strong new beginning. certainly the old code was rotting. the word is "retrenchment"
as a final remark. aol is fairly grim. but netscape was living on the edge. the solution is not perhaps perfect, but it does have intersting possiblities. at least users have an open source gecko, a future for all those platforms that we hold intersting and a strong basis for future developments.
onward and upward,
i am basically bald now, i do not think shaving half your hair off and painting your nails black is indicative of anything. anything who thinks that cool == intellectually rigorous is daft.
& baldness eventually comes to them what waits :-)