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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.


#16 More Mozilla FUD - This Time From An MIT Professor

by abraham <abraham@dina.kvl.dk>

Tuesday October 19th, 1999 3:08 PM

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The basic observation is that AOL cannot depend on the community for reaching specific goals, but has to use their own employees. This is true. Cygnus is a bit in a similar position with regard to gcc, allthough to a much smaller degree.

He also mention to of the benefits, bug fixes and feature suggesitions (better design). He did miss the non-essential, but still nice, AOL gets for free, such as the ports to minor platforms and translations to minor languages.

So the conclusion should have been that going open source with a key product doesn't give you a free ride or anything close to it, but it does give you a better product for the same money.