"The fact that Oeschger even uses the term 'Mozilla way' is one
of the key drawbacks to the Mozilla project in the eyes of many. In
1999, when Mozilla project leader Jamie Zawinsky made his
much-publicized resignation on the one-year anniversary of the
source code release, he cited the project's perceived segregation
from the rest of the open source community as a major source of
"'The truth is that, by virtue of the fact that the contributors
to the Mozilla project included about a hundred full-time Netscape
developers, and about thirty part-time outsiders, the project still
belonged wholly to Netscape -- because only those who write the
code truly control the project,'" wrote Zawinsky."
"Nevertheless, the Mozilla project has gone out of its way to
present a friendlier face to newcomers. In the process of doing so,
Oeschger says, the project has borne some interesting fruit. Sure,
the actual Mozilla browser may still be in beta development, but
the infrastructure tools designed to attack many of the challenges
that scared away developers during the Zawinsky regime are
providing a model for future large scale projects."
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