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Thursday October 7th, 1999
CNet's Paul Festa can't seem to write an article that lacks a negative mention of Mozilla. His latest regards comments made by Linus Torvalds. Linus states, "Netscape is an example of one that did not get the interaction going between the outside world and the Mozilla project. Yes, it became open source, but to some degree it never took off like they hoped for."
I wish Linus would have discussed the state of the Linux development community after its first year. From accounts I have read Linux was not receiving as much outside help as Mozilla after a year of development. But somehow, Linux managed to thrive. Imagine that.
Between the newsgroups, Mozilla.org, Bugzilla, LXR, Tinderbox, #mozilla and Bonsai, I think mozilla.org has covered all the bases. What interaction did Linus expect, exactly, that mozilla.org doesn't already provide?
And with MathML, the BeOS port, the OS/2 port, the QNX port, "Jabber" and the XML parser all done by non-Netscape coders, I'm curious to know where he got the impression that Mozilla lacked interested developers.
Thanks to gerbil for the news.
#2 What does he expect?
Friday October 8th, 1999 4:49 AM
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To brand Mozilla a failure is a stupid statement by anyone, but especially Linus. Any open source project, be it the Linux kernel, Gnome, Gimp, or KDE has few external developers while in alpha development.
That's just a fact of life. Having said that, Mozilla already has a lot of external developers which is to its credit.
And as the project progresses and the product becomes more featureful and stable, new volunteers will literally jump out of the woodwork to assist.
Mark my words, when Mozilla hits beta, downloads will double or triple over night. By final release it will be tenfold or more.
"If you build it they will come."