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).

#38 Re:Evaluating Commercial Open Source Projects

by Tekhir

Saturday April 24th, 1999 10:30 AM

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IE downloads are misleading. MS currently tracks downloads of its browser by the # of attempted downloads of the install program. Hell, I count for like 8 downloads because I've cancelled and download different version of the program. And btw its minial install size is bull. Without IE 4 istalled on the compute the min install takes about 40 MB. With IE or another version of Ie 5 it takes 7.5 MB.

Mozilla may not be ready for prime time but within the last week or two 3/4 projects or programs have added support for it. That means its won already, people are usig the layout engine.