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.
#84 Re:JWZ Resigns
by SomeSmartAss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monday April 5th, 1999 8:48 AM
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Hmmm.... I don't know how he can assume that, just because its mostly Netscape employees working on the project, that its a failure. Its ovious the these people would work on the project.
a) It was their code in the first place.
b) Its going to become Netscape 5.0. With a vested intrest like that, Of course the Mother-company is going to be the main contributer.
But other companies, (the BeOS people for example) are starting to throw their people in too. because it makes business sence to them to pay employees.
IBM just recently stepped up to the open source plate; putting their weight behind Linux. That has to be because, as Linux's name got bantied around in the press, customers asked for it. The press is starting to come in about Mozzila; and its some good press. Once the beta comes out and people start playing with (and enjoying) it, and mainstream papers start putting out opinions, which they will; (stalwort band of part-time hackers building a "Giant-Killer" browser from the ashes of the Old Netscape browser is good copy) I think you'll see a lot of small companies using it. And you'll see a lot of big companies (whose customers are those self same small companies) putting their weight behind it, with full-time employees, and support for the browser. Two such ponential companies are IBM & Oracle, who already have close ties to Netscape, and direct, vested intrests in making sure Microsoft is humbled.
Besides, the main contributer to the project (AOL) also owns almost half the net. People will be able to not hear about it.
Build it, and they will come.
(N.B. maybe this is a very carefully orchestrated stunt to try and kick the code-jockeys in the butt. Call their work crap, and see if they come back swinging; good old fasion reverse-psycology)