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).
#56 Re:Evaluating Commercial Open Source Projects
by Matt K
Sunday May 2nd, 1999 7:46 PM
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Here's a novel thought. If you want to win, why not fight fire with fire. Microsoft bundles IE with every version of windows, but AOL bundles IE with its product as well, WHY? It makes no sense at all. For Mozilla to be a commercial success, Netscape/AOL needs to do four things: marketing, marketing, more marketing, and bundling Mozilla with AOL. It is obvious, but it needs to be said.