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).

#3 Re: Hmm

by allen

Tuesday July 27th, 2004 3:53 AM

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I'd agree with that.

It seems to me that Mozilla's recent successes come as much from the maturing of Firefox and Thunderbird, as well as IE's bad press, as they do from the project being freed from AOL.

It's also worth pointing out that Firefox and Thunderbird were under development prior to the formation of the Mozilla Foundation, anyway. They might not have had the same marketing force behind them as they do now (including the new name, icon, advertising etc.), but they'd still be pretty much the same products.

There's a bit of a skew on this story that doesn't make a lot of sense. He's writing from an angle that isn't as accurate as he assumes it must be.