Eric Raymond On Mozilla
Friday August 20th, 1999
Well, it's not the glowing review you'd hope for (and he doesn't seem to realize that some things don't happen overnight), but it's a better assessment than we've seen in some news organizations recently.
I find Mike Shaver's status update much more even-handed, even if he is from the mozilla team, if only because his comments are based on actual numbers, not just impressions of the project.
#2 He didn't *know* - there were no precedents
Friday August 20th, 1999 7:22 AM
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Mozilla was a first - nothing like it had ever happened before. Eric's experience was in projects like fetchmail and Linux, which had been free from the start. They had also started off incredibly small, with no hype whatsoever, so they had nothing to live up to. Eric couldn't have been expected to forsee all the potential problems that Netscape would face - nobody could.