Bill Joy of Sun Spreads Little Joy
Thursday May 6th, 1999
Wishiknew writes, "In a 1 1/2 hour lecture to a University of Washington's computer science class, Chief Scientist Bill Joy of Sun Microsystems Inc. criticized Netscape Communications 'Mozilla' effort for it's inability to 'take off', despite being an open source project."
And he managed to plug Jini and Java quite a bit as well, I see. I wish there was a transcript or audio file of the event.
Thursday May 6th, 1999 4:55 PM
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Could he have been taken out of context? Maybe he was just echoing what JWZ said about it being too complex.
Let's a face it, most of the important code for Mozilla is written by outside people.
The rendering engine code is just too complex for your average hobbyist open-source programmer to hop into.
It's not like adding a small module to Apache, or a command line option to GNU TAR.
This isn't an indictment of Mozilla, it applies equally to HotJava, IE, Opera, etc. Browsers are non-trivial apps unlike most open-source hacks.