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Upside: Learning the ways of Mozilla

Oct 11, 2000, 17:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"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 disappointment."

"'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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