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).
#8 Re:Evaluating Commercial Open Source Projects
Thursday April 22nd, 1999 3:56 PM
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There is one overriding way in which the forbes statement "mozilla is a flop", can be seen as absolutely, incontrovertibly true:
THERE IS NO STABLE SNAPSHOT!! And there doesn't seem to be any definate progress towards one, either.
Until that happens, mozilla is just a hobyists' toy. Completely beneath notice for people who are actually looking for a browser to USE.
mozilla is THE biggest argument AGAINST "open software is better". The official "netscape" browser is buggy, but it is so much LESS buggy than mozilla, it's shameful.