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).
#37 Re:Evaluating Commercial Open Source Projects
Saturday April 24th, 1999 10:23 AM
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The only reason not to use IE5 is politics or laziness? How about "I don't like IE?" (and I don't.) How about "I don't run Windows?" (and, most of the time, I don't.) The fact is that people will use what works best for them. If web developers all suddenly started using XML, CSS1, HTML4, etc., and nothing backwards-compatible, many (advanced) people would switch to milestone releases of Mozilla, because, simply put, nothing else does CSS, XML, HTML, etc., better. The availability of the best browser for these things - open standards - which is Mozilla - will allow web developers to finally ditch proprietary things and use real standards, and not worry about whether it'll display.