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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.


#19 LINUX IS NOT TRUE OPEN SOURCE

by Anon

Tuesday October 19th, 1999 4:27 PM

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Well, if you truely believe that Netscape has too much control over Mozilla, why not take a copy of all the source code and start up your own distribution point? You can be the master of MyMozilla's destiny, or you can set up a committee to decide - however you like. I mean, the source is all *there* right, so what's stopping you?

Same goes for Linus/Linux, btw..

Ok, you're right - it'd probably be a lot of work, but why not get some people to help you. If you can't find anyone, then I guess it's not important enough (but that doesn't stop you from doing it). I'm not trying to be a smartass, but it seems I've heard this line of too-much-netscape thinking a lot lately. Maybe you're right - maybe there have been decisions that have been made about mozilla's future because of netscape's bottom line rather than the elegance of a given solution. And if there is a specific design choice that's bugging you, become active and get it changed, or release your own patch, or round up a group of anti-netscape developers and change it. I look forward to it.

Because although I can agree that netscape excerts influence on mozilla, I don't see the point of slagging them over it. If it wasn't for Nescape releasing their sourcecode, you wouldn't have an opensource project to whine about.

There *is* a common misperception is that mozilla must be a netscape-only shop. But the way that that perception changes is by more people getting involved, not bitching about how mozilla would be a better place if only it weren't for that annoying netscape. (you know, the guys that started the whole thing)

For the record, I am not affiliated with Netscape...

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