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JWZ Resigns

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.


#51 Re:JWZ Resigns

by greyghost <greyghost@innocent.com>

Saturday April 3rd, 1999 6:23 AM

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Jarr,

When you say "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." I think you are failing to consider programmers getting paid for open source development by companies, where these your so called "lusers" provide feedback to the developers, and if able simple fixes. I see this as a benefit of open source development.

Say another company takes your Open Source work and uses it with their product competing with yours, I would think (using the GPL) that they would have to open their source to you and thus level the playing field.

An instance where some company would not want Open Source would be if they were already dominant with their product in what ever market they were competing in i.e. OS, Office Software, Databases, etc.

Granted i am not a "real programmer" either, but I can see where it would be in the best interest of some companies to pay programmers to develop open source software, RedHat is an instance that comes to mind. So i dont see your statement that the Open Source development model as being true.