Full Article Attached Evaluating Commercial Open Source Projects

Thursday April 22nd, 1999

A recent Forbes article characterized Mozilla as a "flop". The article had so many inaccuracies that I felt a rebuttal was required. At the same time, I felt that some light needed to be shed on the differences between commercial Open Source projects and "all volunteer" Open Source projects. What follows (click "Full Article" below) is a rebuttal to the assertions in the Forbes article and my opinion on what can reasonably be expected from a commercial Open Source project.

As always, the opinions are my own, and do not reflect the opinions of (which MozillaZine is not affiliated with).

#17 Re:Evaluating Commercial Open Source Projects

by eMonk <>

Friday April 23rd, 1999 7:27 AM

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To put the couple of previous negative posts into perspective: If you're used to downloading shiny new debugged programs off the web then I guess I can understand the culture shock when someone who isn't familiar with Open Source looks at Mozilla, a work in progress. Especially since it's been getting so much ink lately. It seems natural that they might dub Mozilla a failure when they compare it to the way that they're used to trying out software that is at the very least in beta.

To those few I'd say read the Mozilla mission statement and go through the posts on MozillaZine. Then you'll have some frame of reference.

I wonder if any of other open source projects get similar criticism or is it just a byproduct of Mozilla being a commercial app that is being developed in the open.