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O'Reilly Network: Mozilla Interview: Brendan Eich and Mitchell Baker

Mar 15, 2000, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Sims)

[ Thanks to S.Ramaswamy for this link. ]

"Remember the dark days of the Mozilla project about a year ago? America Online had acquired Netscape, and many people were predicting that AOL, with its very minimal interest in the Open Source community, would let the project wither and die. Soon after, one of the project's leaders, Jamie Zawinski, left the team with a damning indictment online, expressing his severe dissatisfaction with an invasion of suits and a project that seemed to be going nowhere."

"But Mozilla's star is rising again. Milestone 14 will probably be the last alpha before a beta release suitable for the masses to begin playing with. But there are other reasons for renewed interest. One is XUL, the Extensible User-Interface Language that builds user interfaces in standards-compliant web languages. Another is that the project is something of a poster child for the Open Source movement. More people have a vested interest in its success than those who are actively debugging the browser."

"We recently talked with Mitchell Baker, the self-described 'manager, problem arbitrator, and speaker to suits,' and Brendan Eich, JavaScript creator and the main architect of Mozilla, about the browser, its place in the open source movement, and XUL. We started by asking when they hoped to have a beta out for end users."

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