More Mozilla FUD - This Time From An MIT Professor

Monday October 18th, 1999

Mike Cusumano, co-author of "Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its Battle with Microsoft" and professor at MIT's Sloan School of Business Management has an article at Computerworld titled "Mozilla gambit reveals risks of open sourcing". Just another in a long stream of Mozilla articles written by someone who doesn't seem to be too terribly interested in verifying his assumptions.

Thanks to Luddite for the news.


by Anon

Tuesday October 19th, 1999 2:21 PM

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Who sets schedules in Mozilla? Who decides if a feature is in or out? Who decides if code is checked into the CVS server? Who decides which people can get CVS accounts? These are all commercial decisions, and the commercial product "Netscape Communicator" is the driver in the process. All other non-Netscape interests are secondary. Netscape has too much control of Mozilla and Mozilla won't be a true open source project until the commercial control of this project is removed and the Mozilla organisation becomes more democratic and representative of all the people involved and interested in Mozilla, not just Netscape's commercial interests. Sure, Netscape has so far contributed most of $ in this project, but open source thrives best with the "survival of the fittest" ideas approach within a large community of contributors, not a "survival of the fittest ideas that suit the commercial interests of a public listed company". This later approach will only throttle the success of the project due to an alienation of non-Netscape contributors who idea's have less weight in the overall scheme. This is the failure so far of Mozilla and the reason it has had trouble attracting and maintaining more than a small group of contributors. I only hope things will change because Mozilla has a lot of potential as an open source project in the long term, if only it wasn't constrained by the current controlling interests.