Eric Raymond on Mozilla
Monday November 29th, 1999
Brian King writes:
"Just want to let you know that I was at a talk last night in Trinity College, Dublin with Eric Raymond, whom we know and love as a champion of open source.
It was billed as: 'Freedom, Power and Software: What the Internet teaches us about ethics and politics'
Anyway, at one point someone from the audience brought up Mozilla and its 'failure' to try to disprove one of his points. But Eric was having none if it, proclaiming Mozilla to be 'a success', despite the delays. I won't say anymore in case I misquote him! But that was the bottom line.
It was a great talk; certainly gets you thinking."
#10 I'm proud...
Thursday December 2nd, 1999 10:53 PM
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I'm proud of the Mozilla team. Of course they are doing a fantastic job, but I'm actually more proud of them for not quitting due to all of the negativity and FUD which is constantly surfacing concerning the incredible endeavour which they have undertaken. I think many of their detractors just don't understand what goes into such a large project especially when much (if not all) of the communication for the development takes place across the Internet. If anything, I think their "sticktoitiveness" shows the real power of Open Source development. I'm highly anticipating the release of their browser. It has tremendous potential for huge impact on the software world because it's method of development isn't supposed to be to work and when they finally release their remarkable piece of software, a lot of people are going to be eating their words. Quite frankly I'm really looking forward to it. It reminds me a lot of when Linux was just beginning to get big about a year and a half ago. Many of my friends, colleagues and co-workers were saying "Linux schminux". Well, they are eating their words on a daily basis as Linux constantly proves its detractors wrong. I have the same feeling about the Mozilla project. I for one can't wait! Keep up the great work guys!