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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 mozilla.org (which MozillaZine is not affiliated with).


#3 Army of Coders etc.

by -=Yusuf=- <ssym@hippo.ru.ac.za>

Thursday April 22nd, 1999 12:56 PM

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SomeSmartAss,

To quote Eric S Raymond (or was it someone else?), "Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow". If enough people are working on a project, it results in LESS code because problems are solved more efficiently (in less lines). The same argument as "two heads are better than one, and three heads are better than two, and four heads ... etc".

-=Yusuf=-