eWeek Takes Stock of Mozilla Foundation's First Year

Monday July 26th, 2004

eWeek is running an opinion piece about the progress of the Mozilla project in its first year outside of Netscape. Author Jim Rapoza argues that Mozilla is only now recovering from the mistakes Netscape made during its dominance of the project. Note that the article contains a few mistakes, such as stating that the original Netscape Communicator 5.0 codebase was not open-sourced (it was — find it in the abandoned classic directory of the Mozilla source tree).

#2 support of AOL

by pkb351 <>

Monday July 26th, 2004 8:14 PM

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I suspect thelem, you may have misunderstod the author here. I understood the author making a distinction between "hands off" and "support". IU agree with you if Netscape had ste Mozilla free in 1998 we would not have a Mozilla browser today. But if Nescape (and later also AOL) had supported the the Mozilla browser, but simply let the programmers be in charge of the programing the browser landscape might be much different. I believed the the sentence "But if companies truly want their open-source projects to succeed, they'll have a lot easier time if they just let the developers do their jobs," refers to such mistakes Netscape made by not listening to its Mozilla programers such as the plea by Mozilla to wait until they had better code before the release of Netscape 6.0 and the promotion of Netscape for the average Joe and Mozi;lla for web developers i.e. geeks.

I agree with the author on this one. Mozilla was hindered by decisions made by executives and managers who were not programers. If the developers had been listened to more during Mozilla's early days definitely the browser landscape would be different today. The browser landscape "is" changing", just some years later than it could have, due to interference by well meaning executives who did not have enough knowledge of programing to to make decisions for the Mozilla project. If the Mozilla programers had been supported by Netscape/AOL but left alone to make their own decisions.....what a different internet/web world we might have today.