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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.


#88 Re:JWZ Resigns

by David Wright <ichbin@physik.tu-muenchen.de>

Tuesday April 6th, 1999 5:59 AM

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I, and most others on the perifery of the Mozilla project, know far too little about Netsape/AOL's corporate politics to estimate the impact of JWZ's departure. Unfortunately, as JWZ himself points out, Mozilla remains so strongly tied to Netscape/AOL that any corporate reverberations wi impact the project. To JWZ's to-tartget list of reasons Mozilla has failed to become a truely open-source project (no GNU license, documentation: too little, too late) I would like to add one more: JWZ wanted Mozilla to continue to be a browser for the man-in-the-street, not for the developer. Suggestions to support outside editors, ssh/ftp and other such "power-user" goodies were disregarded in the quest for ever more GUI gizmos. But developers like to alter code for their own purposes, not those of Netscape/AOL.