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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.


#7 Re:JWZ Resigns

by Chris Knoll <knoll@eclipse.net>

Friday April 2nd, 1999 10:07 AM

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Overall, I am disappointed in JWZ's attitude. I don't work for netscape, and I don't try to walk in his shoes and imagine what it's like (or has been like for the past year), but some of his comments about 'mistakes' the mozilla team made I feel weren't mistakes at all, and he just is being way too hard on himself. In his postmortem, he claims that scraping the old 4.5 code and having to re-write from scratch was a mistake costing the team 6-8 months of valuable time. Well, I think that's the BEST move that Mozilla made. I've been on my own software development projects, and the one thing I've learned is that there is a point when you say it's time to stop, and rebuild with a better design. Gecko is that better design! And when he said that he was dissapointed in the results that he had after an entire year, well refer to point one! The browser needed a rewrite, so that set you back 6 months, so in actuallity, you have the browser that supports SOOOO much more standards than other browsers (that have been reworked and reworked over the past years (IE and Opera)) and it was rewritten in a mere 6 months of development! And this is a bad thing? I hope that JWZ is just having a fit or something and will come around and possibly rejoin the team, because Mozilla really ISN'T THAT BAD and when you 'live the nightmare' you tend to get jaded and bitter. Maybe in a few months, he may feel like giving it another go. In any case, don't be so hard on the team, and don't be so hard on yourself.

-Chris