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O'Reilly Network: Getting Your Work Into Mozilla

Oct 02, 2000, 21:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ian Oeschger, David Boswell)

"Since its inception more than two years ago, the Mozilla project has been highly praised and much discussed as an example of the collaborative possibilities of the open source software movement. Thousands of programmers, would-be programmers, and interested technical types discuss the Mozilla project and the philosophy surrounding it. But the process for actually contributing source code appears complex and intimidating to those not involved in the project, and non-Netscape developers contributing their work to Mozilla remain a minority."

"The amount of attention being paid to the project in the form of discussions, suggested changes, and private adaptations of the source suggests that the paucity of contributions has more to do with a lack of familiarity with the project and the tools than with a lack of interest. In this article, we attempt to provide a brief overview of the process for getting one's work into Mozilla, and we follow the travails of one company that has successfully done so. Most of the information in this article was presented at the "Contributing to Mozilla" discussion at the Second Mozilla Developer Meeting, moderated by Daniel "Leaf" Nunes. The enthusiasm that attendees had for this particular session was one of our primary motivations for doing this article."

"It's true to some degree that the process is not an easy one, and there are a great many things to learn, to pay attention to, and to do with care. But the results can be extremely rewarding -- both for you and for the Mozilla open source community. The next section lists the resources you can use to get your work contributed, and it begins Alphanumerica's own Mozilla story."

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