TIME Regurgitates CNet Article
Friday October 8th, 1999
Daniel Hill writes, "Another negative Mozilla/Netscape article, [this one] from TIME, [which] looks as if it has been taken straight from CNet's News.com article. It also takes shots at Open Source software, with lines like 'mozilla.org, Netscape's pioneering experiment with open source software ... which has yet to prove a substitute for on-staff programming talent.' Obviously Mr Wice hasn't touched Linux ..."
Whether you agree or not, the software press cares about shipping product, and is quick to jump on whatever remotely looks or smells like vaporware. Unfortunately mozilla will only be judged fairly when it is released.
huh ! "smells like vaporware" ??? but I *am* using mozilla right now :} anyone can d/l mozilla and try it... but maybe they don't *want* to do this (it's so easy to use what comes pre-installed and then bash everything else...)
#2 mainstream media -erg.
Friday October 8th, 1999 8:52 AM
Until told otherwise the mainstream media will continue to print what they have decided is truth. AOL/Netscape/Mozilla has to step up with some PR of their own. They need to setup a 'demo day', or some such event, for reports and take on some of these issues directly. Otherwise, these stories will continue.
Why doesn't AOL use it's money to promote Mozilla to the world, if they won't do that then at least have an article dispelling the myths on Mozilla.org and make it interesting so people will read it and sites like slashdot will link to it.
I am a great fan of the Mozilla effort. But the media have some justification for their skepticism. Why should Mozilla be delayed so the team can add new features to AIM? A more rational organization would have the Mozilla team working on the core product and leaving this stuff to AOL developers. And time to market does count for something, unfortunately. I have been "locked in" to Mozilla, because I am a LINUX fanatic. But if there was another product ready to deploy, I would probably jump on it. All the same, I look forward to the final release of a Mozilla product. I just wish AOL didn't have so much power to screw around with it.
#6 Who says AOL is screwing with it?
Friday October 8th, 1999 12:08 PM
The mozilla.org developers are not involved with instant messaging the only Mozilla involvement with IM is the THIRD PARTY jabber work and the THIRD PARTY IRC client.
If AOL are integrating AIM with Mozilla then they've employed some coders to add this feature that are not part of Mozilla.org. If you follow the progress on Mozilla.org you'll know that they have no part of IM that's all to third party addons or AOL to integrate themselves.
Don't believe the press most of the time.
Oh great, now it's no slashdot, too: <http://slashdot.org/artic…de=thread&threshold=0>
Thankfully, there's some good comments cutting through the FUD.