Industry Standard on Commercial Software and Open Source
Monday April 12th, 1999
The Industry Standard has done a piece on commercial companies and Open Source.
There are a number of factual discrepancies that I believe should be cleared up. The author, Jason Krause, states, "In fact, if you go to Netscape's Mozilla.org site and do a search to see who's checked out code in recent months, every one of the e-mail addresses come from a netscape.com domain." If he really means "checked out", then this is just false. First, how did he get a list of people who have checked out Mozilla code? Second, I have checked out Mozilla code via CVS, and I don't have a Netscape.com email. If he meant "checked in", then this is false as well. There are numerous coders who don't work for Netscape who have checked in new code, and many more who have contributed patches that have been checked in by module owners.
He goes on: "Now, largely because of a confused Netscape road map, the launch is slated for this spring." Well, the roadmap is not confused, and the release is not slated for this spring. Beta is scheduled for July of this year.
Jason had contacted me for information regarding Mozilla's Open Source release. If you are interested in reading my responses, click "Full Article" below.
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Tuesday April 13th, 1999 7:27 AM
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I agree with the last poster, I think Mozilla is definitely going in the right direction by: 1) Supporting the standards (instead of trying to seize control of them) 2) Jettisonning the 'old' engine which, in my opinion, was bloated and increasingly klunky. Getting rid of Motif was a good idea too (on the UNIX side), even though JWZ was dead against it (what wasn't he against?) Give it time, I think Mozilla will be worth the wait...I'm typing this on the latest CVS grab of Mozilla and I must say that it is really looking sweet!