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.
#22 NETSCAPE'S DOMINANT ROLE
Tuesday October 19th, 1999 5:22 PM
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Hopefully the Mozilla community will evolve and expand to a point where a single party such as Netscape doesn't have the dominant influence over all Mozilla decisions (not just design decisions, but schedule, feature set, etc). This is the problem, and it is limiting outside interest and involvement I think. True, you can start your own Mozilla subproject but it is not worth the trouble until you have a stable version of the code to branch from (ie. Mozilla 1.0). So we wait until Netscape finish their first version of Mozilla, and hopefully things will improve from there. I can only hope that the Netscape influence on Mozilla decreases over time and the project comes to reflect the interests and ideas of the wider community. Why waste time making unpaid contributions to a project whose goals and decisions are made by a corporate entity until this happens? By doing so you are just becoming an unpaid Netscape worker, since anything you contribute that isn't in Netscape's interest is discarded.