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 mozilla.org (which MozillaZine is not affiliated with).
#22 Re:Evaluating Commercial Open Source Projects
by Mr Z
Friday April 23rd, 1999 8:42 AM
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re MozillaZine Admin's statement: " And mozilla has the support of the web-developers out there who want a stable, small, standards-compliant browser. Will they allow it to fail? Time will tell. But it's way to soon to be writing an epitaph."
As a web developer (but by no means the only one) I really want Mozilla released ASAP. It will be good for me, it will be good for my clients and it will be good for the industry. But what is best for everybody doesn't guarantee success.
Even if every professional web developer pushed Mozilla, it won't guarantee success. The end users will determine it's success and as I look upon the average computer drone who uses Windows become the average internet user I am not very hopeful. Combined with IE being required for nearly every new MS product I doubt Mozilla will make much of an impact, especially in the enterprise.
I am constantly reminded of the Nazi who said "Tell a lie long enough and people will believe it."
As a developer I want Mozilla to stick to 100% standards compliance, but I also see everyday without Mozilla as a day that IE picks up more users and developers. That underlying fear is what pervades so many of these "Mozilla is a flop" articles even if that is not the intention. Unfortunately, I think it will take something beyond the means of the hardworking Mozilla supporters to overcome the ennui.
------ As a wish, please release your Milestones with support for a proxy so I can actually use the release to view pages. :)